After the lamb has been the center of the household for three full days, it must be killed on the fourteenth day (verse 66You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.). This means that blood must flow. This indicates in picture that “without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Heb 9:2222And according to the Law, [one may] almost [say], all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.). It also shows that the life of the Lord Jesus does not bring salvation, but that only through His death reconciliation is possible (Rom 5:1010For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.). Although the Passover is killed in the individual houses, it is killed by all households at the same time, so it can be said that “the whole assembly of the congregation” kills it.
Then, for the first time in the Bible, there is spoken about the meaning of blood (verse 77Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.). In Genesis we read about sacrifices, but not about blood. This blood must be put on the two doorposts and on the lintel. Not on the threshold, because that could show contempt for the blood, there it could be trampled on.
How important it is to put the whole household behind the blood. It is really more important for parents that their children shelter behind the blood of the Lamb than that they have a good position in the world. Sometimes a shift can be observed. If a household no longer feeds on the Lamb, the darkness will slowly but surely return in the household.
The lamb should not only be observed and killed, it should also be eaten (verse 88They shall eat the flesh that [same] night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.). Eating the lamb roasted on the fire means that by faith we make Christ our own. It means that we spiritually feed ourselves with the Lord Jesus as the One Who has borne our judgment (Jn 6:53-5553So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.54He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.55For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.). The unleavened loaves speak of His sinless life.
The bitter herbs remind us that it is our sins that have brought Him into the judgment, with which suffering and sorrow are connected (cf. Lam 3:1515He has filled me with bitterness,
He has made me drunk with wormwood.
). This must be our food in the dark world in which we live.
The lamb has not been spared suffering (verse 99Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, [both] its head and its legs along with its entrails.). We should not think that the Lord Jesus was not exposed to the full heat of judgment. God has not softened the judgment because He is His Son.
The head, the legs and the entrails of the lamb are a picture of the different aspects of the Lord Jesus in His suffering. The head speaks of the thoughts of the Lord Jesus during this judgment; the legs show the strength and perseverance with which He carried this judgment; the entrails remind us of the feelings He had during the judgment. In Psalms we read a lot about this.
Nothing of the lamb may be kept until the next day (verse 1010And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire.). On the same day that it is killed, it should be eaten. The eating must always be done in connection with His death, with the judgment of sins. It shows the close connection between the sacrifice and the meal as a result of the sacrifice. When we think of our delivery, as it were, feeding ourselves with it, it must never be separated from the work that the Lord Jesus did at Calvary.
We will never be able to fully appreciate His work. There is much that we do not understand. God wants us to say that to Him, as it were offering that to Him as an offering by fire.
The Passover includes an attitude of being ready for immediate departure from Egypt (verse 1111Now you shall eat it in this manner: [with] your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the LORD’S Passover.). To gird the waist, or loins, means that the long clothes are put on and attached to the waist. In this way the legs are free to be able to walk fast. To gird the waist indicates that there is no need to arrange things anymore and that one can immediately start moving at the right time.
Thus the Lord’s Supper reminds us each time of the coming of the Lord (1Cor 11:2626For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.). Is our life influenced by the Lord’s Supper? Are we therefore ready to leave the place over which the judgment comes? Whoever celebrates the Lord’s Supper should be ready for immediate departure out of the world when the Lord comes to take us up. He has promised three times: “I will come soon! (Rev 22:7a,12a,20a7“And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”12“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward [is] with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.20He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.). Is our answer: “Amen, come Lord Jesus! (Rev 22:20b20He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.)?
It is the Passover for the LORD. Salvation is not primarily about the consequences for the people, however glorious those may be, but about the One Who has brought about this salvation and how He has done that. We see the same with the sacrament. It is the Lord’s Supper (1Cor 11:2020Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper,). Every time we celebrate it, we proclaim the death of the Lord. It is about Him. He has asked both of the bread, of which He says “this is My body”, and of the wine, of which He says that it is the new covenant in His blood: “Do this in remembrance of Me” (1Cor 11:24-2524and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”25In the same way [He took] the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink [it], in remembrance of Me.”).