The Lamb of the Everlasting Covenant

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“Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed” (Luke 22:7). In a high impacted section of  the gospel, that recounts our Lord’s last supper, this sentence  seems ordinarily simple in passing. The words, however, “on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed” offer a greater introduction than a reference to a date on the Jewish liturgical calendar.

Luke was foreshadowing that lonely prayer in the garden, where Christ asks if this Chalice can be taken away. If somehow this cross can be bypassed to save the beloved creation and re-scribe a new covenant in their hearts, why wouldn’t the Father present this option? We know the answer though, as Christ did after his  petition, a Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.

Remembering back to the first instance of the Passover meal, when the Israelites were told to  prepare to flee the bondage of their captors, a Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Moses instructed every household to sacrifice a lamb so they may be able to sign their doors with its blood and eat the lamb and both works would be the sign of their salvation. Only if they have marked the wood of their doors with the blood of the lamb and then eaten the body of the lamb were they spared the impending plague, anything less and they would have fallen short.

On that holy Friday, liturgically today about 1980 years ago, a Passover Lamb had to be sacrificed. This perfect, unblemished Lamb of God, that came to take away the sins of the world, eternally marked the wood of the door to heaven with His Blood and offers every age to partake in His Body that He offers as a mean to pass over death into everlasting life.

We adore you oh Christ and we praise you for by your Holy Cross you have saved the world.

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One Response to “The Lamb of the Everlasting Covenant”

  1. Ian Climacus Says:

    Amen.

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