When the Israelites had to kill the passover lamb, some of the
blood had to be placed on the doorposts. The firstborn in any house without the blood was
killed, from the firstborn of Pharaoh to the firstborn of the captive in the jail (Exo
When Jesus was slain the thick vail, to the Holy of Holies, was
torn and opened. God Himself tore the vail to show that the way was now open for all to
enter, God having provided the Eternal Lamb to take away the sin of the world (Matt
When Jesus told the High Priest that He was the Son of God and
would come again on the clouds, the high priest tore his robe and accused Jesus of
blasphemy, little knowing that he was resisting God's work (Matt 26:65). It is recorded
that after the vail was torn, the Jews sewed together the torn vail and hung a second
behind it so that it would never tear again, as they thought. It only lasted until the
destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. It shows the hardness of man's heart. In stead of
bowing before God and entering into His will, they resisted Him and tried to remedy the
situation in their own way.
The Bible says, 'hold on to what you have received lest someone
take your crown' (Rev 3:11). Jesus said to the twelve that they would sit with Him on
twelve thrones, yet Judas lost it for the love of money. Do not count God's promises
lightly, but treasure it.
Don't think it helps to slaughter for the ancestors. It's
appointed for man once to die and after that the Judgment (Heb 9:27). There is a gulf also
between heaven and hell as Abraham told the rich man (Luke 16:26).
We've commemorated His death on Friday and today that He arose
from the dead.
The Passover celebration comes from the Old Testament where the
angel would pass over those who had the blood sprinkled on the doorposts.
Jesus, in rising from the dead, showed thereby that He was indeed
the one He claimed to be, the Son of God. And so too when He is born in your life, and His
blood applied in your life, He gives new life.
Never take it lightly what God has done to save you. Take out the
old leaven, even as the Israelites had to make sure there's no leaven with them in the
house. The leaven represents the old life.
We must examine ourselves lest we partake unworthily and bring a
curse upon ourselves (1Cor 11:27-34).