The Lamb Who Was Slain

By Shawn Tomlin

Imagine this. You’re a Hebrew called to slaughter an innocent lamb by slashing its throat, eat it’s flesh roasted over a fire, and using the drained blood in a basin, paint it on the two door posts and lintel of your home. The reason for doing this is that your God, YHWH, has said that anyone that does this, He will passover, as He moves throughout the land of Egypt pouring out His wrath by killing the firstborns of men and beast. So how is this about Jesus?

'So from the Passover we get a glimpse of Christ and His work on the Cross for us."

People sometimes wonder why Christians still hold to the Old Testament. Well, there is a good reason for that, it is about Jesus Christ, our Lord, the Son of God. The story of God’s redemptive work for us is found in its fullness in both the Old and New Testaments. It’s one continual story. This is why my least favorite page in the Bible is the blank one that separates the Old and New Testaments. 

There is something about the Passover that always fascinated me, and as a child I knew the story but never learned about it’s deeper meaning until I was an adult. So let’s break down the details. Verse 5 says, “your lamb shall be without blemish, a male, a year old...” So each household can’t pick the sickly or deformed lamb, but a lamb without blemish. This lamb is to be a substitute for the firstborn. It will die in its place. Notice this, God didn’t simply leave Israel alone, he didn’t just not require them to do nothing. Instead something still had to die. God’s wrath was directed to something other than the firstborns of Israel. Next they had to take the drained blood (verse 7) and “put it on the two door posts and lintel of the houses in which they eat it.” What? Why? 

So the lamb is without blemish, a male, it had to die in the place of the firstborns of Israel, its blood was used to cover, and essentially, protect those in the homes covered with it, and the flesh of the sacrifice had to be consumed. Who does this sound like? That’s right, Jesus Christ. 

The lamb that was slain at the first Passover, and every Passover after that was a type of Christ, the Lamb Who Was Slain. The Bible alludes to this:

-Isaiah 53:7-“like a lamb that is lead to the slaughter”

-Revelation 5:12-“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain...”

-Genesis 22:8-“God will provide the lamb for the burnt offering...”

-John 1:29-John the Baptist says in seeing Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

So from the Passover we get a glimpse of Christ and His work on the Cross for us. He is The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He died in our place, taking the punishment we fully and justly deserve. He himself was “without blemish” in that he was without sin, Holy and righteous, the perfect sacrifice. His blood was poured out for us, and like the blood of the lambs covering the doorposts and lintels, Christ’s blood covers all who believe in Him. Christ also commanded that, in a sense, His flesh was to be consumed, as in John 6:53, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” Again in Matthew 26:26, “Take, eat; This is my body...” Truly, Christ is the Lamb Who Was Slain.

Lee Jones