by Jeremy Fuller
When we hearken back to Exodus twelve where the Passover was instituted, we find that there are at least five distinctive characteristics of the Lamb as it relates to Christ.
Christ Was A Selected Lamb
In the sacred council chamber of Eternity past, the Holy Trinity met and signed a Covenant Promise with the Second Person of the Trinity. He was “foreordained” the Scripture declares “before the foundation of the world.” He “verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” says 1 Peter 1:20.
Christ Was A Spotless Lamb
Thus, Christ Jesus was a Perfect Sacrifice – a Lamb without blemish! Both Saint Peter and the Author of Hebrews testify to this truth: “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14) And 1 Peter 1:19 speaks of “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
Christ Was A Shared Lamb
Adam Clarke (n.d.) writes on this verse, “That is, if there be not persons enough in one family to eat a whole lamb, then two families must join together. The rabbis allow that there should be at least ten persons to one paschal lamb, and not more than twenty” (p. 350).
Everything God did in the Old Testament was designed to be an object lesson to lead us to Christ and to teach us about New Testament Christianity. God wanted the Israelites to eat all of the lamb. Nothing was to remain in the morning.
“And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire” (Exodus 12:8-10).
God wants us to have all of Christ. All or none. The lukewarm Church treats the faith like a buffet at a fancy restaurant. You just take the parts you like and leave the rest. God will not allow for any of that. We will have to eat all of the Lamb, or we shall not escape Egypt!
Christ Was A Strengthening Lamb
Israel was getting ready for the trip of a lifetime. They were leaving the land of sin and bondage. They were headed for the Promised Land. God knew they were going to need strength for their journey.
The God of Heaven has made ample provision for His Church in every age. He knows our strength is small. We must have divine aid.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10).
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16).
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
Christ Was A Sufficient Lamb
Has the Blood Token been applied to your heart?
The testimony of the Saints is – The Blood was Sufficient!
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11).
About the Author
Jeremy Fuller is Vice President of God’s Missionary Church. He also serves as Director of Home Missions and Senior Pastor of the Duncannon church. You can connect with him on Twitter @JfullerLee.