“Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch-… For Messiah, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”    1 Corinthians 5: 7

Jerusalem Channel Passover and Holy Week greetings 2020 from Peter and Christine Darg…. under very different circumstances, but sending you a photo from our seder last year in Jerusalem.

Are you safe under the Blood of the Passover Lamb of God? All born-again believers are familiar with the phrase “under the blood.” It originates at the beginning of the Passover, the start of the Exodus of the Jewish nation from bondage in Egypt en route to the Promised Land. For born-again believers to be “under the Blood” is a vital theological concept requiring comprehension and consecration.

The narrative is recorded in Exodus 12:1-14,
“God said to Moses and Aaron while still in Egypt, ‘This month is to be the first month of the year for you. Address the whole assembly of Israel; tell them that on the tenth of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one lamb to a house… Then take some of the blood and smear it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which you will eat it. I will go through the land of Egypt on this night and strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, whether human or animal, and bring judgement on all the gods of Egypt. I am God. The blood will serve as a sign on the houses where you live. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. No disaster will touch you when I strike Egypt.”

The details are recorded twice. The second time in Exodus 12:22-30, Moses tells the people how to accomplish the sign:

“And you shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip in the blood in the bowl, and strike the lintel and the doorposts with the blood in the bowl. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. For YHVH will pass through to strike the Egyptians. And when He sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, YHVH will pass over the door, and will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. And you shall observe this thing for a law to you and to your sons forever…. And it happened at midnight YHVH struck all the first-born in the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh that sat on his throne to the first-born of the captive that was in the prison; also all the first-born of cattle.”

Application of the Blood was God’s protocol. Protection was conditional. Those who applied the blood of the slain lamb to the entrances of their houses and who remained inside the house “under the blood” were protected. If any Jewish first-born wandered outside his house on Passover night, he would have died along with the other first-borns who were not covered by the Blood of the lamb.

Furthermore, there are obvious parallels between the Passover and the Blood donated by Jesus when he made Atonement at the Cross:

–At the Passover, a male lamb without blemish was God’s prescription. Jesus was known as the Lamb of God (John 1:29) and was spotless, without blemish. (1 Peter 1:19)

–Hyssop was used at the first Passover to apply the blood to the doorposts and lintels, and in the providence of God, hyssop was used at the crucifixion. (John 1:29)

–In both cases, Passover and Crucifixion, no another substitution for a blood sacrifice was acceptable.  Not then. And not now.

Be blessed with this biblical revelation of the protection, salvation and redemption of the Blood of Messiah during this Holy Week when we are sequestered with God. . .” under the Blood.”

“For without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.” (Hebrews 9: 22)