The Passover Lamb


The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. Exodus 12:1-6 ESV

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 ESV


The Chinese language isn’t written with an alphabet, as English words are. Instead, Chinese words are written in what is called characters. These are a beautiful picture-language, but a Chinese person must learn thousands of characters in order to read. There is one very interesting Chinese character, and that is the character for “righteousness.” It is made up of two other characters put together. On top is the character for “lamb” and under that is the character for “me.” This is a beautiful way to understand something that the Bible teaches.

Before God sent the plague that would kill all the firstborn children of Egypt, he told his people Israel to celebrate the first passover. Each family would kill a lamb, and it couldn’t be just any lamb. It had to be a male lamb, and it had to be a perfect lamb. It could not have any blemish on it. After killing the lamb, everyone in the family would eat some of it. This lamb would protect the people from the Angel of Death that would come to kill the firstborn children. The angel would see that the people covered by the passover lamb were God’s people and he wouldn’t hurt them.

The lambs of passover pointed ahead to the one perfect Lamb of God. Jesus came to give his life not only for the people of Israel, but for all the people in the world. He was a perfect lamb, with no sin at all. Because Jesus was perfect, he could take away the sins of the whole world. All people who trust in Jesus have all their sins taken away, and God sees them as righteous. When God looks at you, he doesn’t see your sin, but instead he only sees Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God.


Dear Jesus, thank you for dying to take my sins away, and for covering me with your perfect righteousness. Amen.