by Kerry Garrett
Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5:7-8
Paschal Lamb- (definition) Among the ancient Hebrews, the lamb slain and eaten at the Passover. (Swiss Google)
As had been the case since just after the Exodus from Egypt, in the time of Christ, Jews were practicing the Old Testament tradition of the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In the familiar passages (Mt 26:17-30, Lk22:7-23,,,) from the “upper room” Jesus observed the Passover meal in the traditional way while explaining that He was the fulfillment of this important observance: as they ate the Passover lamb He revealed that He had come to be the lamb that takes away sin. He raised the cup and said “this cup is the new covenant, in my blood, which is poured out for you” Lk 22:20. Easily one of the central moments in one of the central moments of all time. We Christians spend a lot of time reading and pondering these great moments, as well we should. I for one think mostly about the goodness and greatness of God and the sacrifice of Jesus of the cross.
But this morning I’m thinking more about Jesus the man, the afternoon before the Last Supper when a multitude of lambs were being slaughtered at the temple. Did he step over a gutter thick with flowing blood? Were his knees knocking? (does Jesus as man only warrant a lower case “h”?)
Soon enough it would be his blood!
It’s no wonder He prayed so fervently at the Garden of Gethsemane the next night! It is perhaps easier to accept Christ’s great humility and sacrifice from the perspective of heavenly things, but I cannot begin to fathom his overcoming a basic human aversion to the horrendous pain and suffering only he knew he was in for. And further, the human pain of being abandoned by his closest friends in his terrible suffering. What a Savior!