On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus' disciples asked him, "Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"
Jesus and the Twelve will keep the Passover meal together. For this, a lamb will be both sacrifice and dinner. The blood will be taken by the priest and the fat also salted and burned as an offering.
Later, the supper will memorialize the historic rescue of God’s people from the tenth plague which was inflicted on the Egyptians. When the death angel passed over the land of Pharaoh and every first born perished!
Only the children of Israel were spared because they followed God’s instructions given by Moses. They took the blood of a lamb and sprinkled it on the posts and lintel of each doorway.
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:13)
After the Egyptians were devastated by this plague, God’s people were released from the bondage of Egyptian slavery.
The comparisons are obvious. In a few hours, Jesus will give His blood to the post and lintel of a cross. It will be a far greater rescue by this Lamb of God!
Through Jesus’ sacrifice we are freed from the bondage of sin and the penalty of our sins! We receive forgiveness through His blood and liberation from the fear of death by His resurrection.
Because of Jesus, God says it again - When I see the blood, I will pass over you!
O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the Holy Lamb of God. O wash me in His precious blood, My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God .