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4 Days - Exodus 12:46

"It must be eaten inside the house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones" (Exodus 12:46)

This passage above is referring to a meal one would eat during Passover, the Passover lamb. Passover was established when God rescued His people from Egyptian slavery. "The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover." (Exodus 12:1-3,5,7-11)

This was done on the night the people of Israel were to leave in a hurry to escape the land, to escape their imprisonment. On this very night, God would pass through Egypt and strike down the firstborn of every human and animal but by smearing the blood of the lamb on the doorposts, God will pass over that household, not bringing judgement.

So how does this have anything to do with Jesus? Well, this very Passover lamb points to the ultimate sacrifice, the final Passover Lamb: The Messiah.

"Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: 'Not one of his bones will be broken'" (John 19:31-36).

It was customary in crucifixion to have those crucified hang on the cross for a few days to show people the consequence of disobeying the Roman government, but because it was approaching Sabbath and it was the Passover week, the government listened to religious leaders when they demanded the men be taken down off the cross.

Now in the act of crucifixion, the breaking of the legs were done to speed up the process of the victim's death. Because Jesus was already dead, His legs need not be broken. This very thing, fulfilled Scripture. In fact, His whole crucifixion fulfilled the Passover lamb.

Reread Exodus 12:1-11. Jesus was the perfect lamb, the first and only born Son of God, not a single defect. His blood dripped down the side of the cross after being pierced. He was not left until morning due to the order of the religious leaders.

  1. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. What does this mean to you?

  2. What is one way you've sacrificed your desires or plans for another human being?

  3. Have you ever sacrificed something for God?

  4. Write a prayer out to God. Ask Him to help you better understand "sacrifice".

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