Preparations for Our Passover

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Bible doesn’t give us much information about what took place over the time immediately following Christ’s death on the cross.  However, the word of God does indicate that there was a lot of activity taking place.  The Jews celebrated the Passover that evening, the female disciples prepared spices to preserve Jesus’ body and the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate to have him secure the tomb.

The Jews completely missed the fact that they had killed the Lamb of God only hours before they would celebrate the Lord leading them out of Egypt and making them free.  The blood that was place on the lintel and the door posts would protect them from the judgement of God that fell upon Egypt.  They missed the symbolism in the Passover that pointed to the Christ that they had crucified.

Many will miss the importance of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ this weekend.  It is not by mistake that the Passover and the Resurrection of Christ are celebrated the same weekend.  Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God that was slain to make us free from the penalty of our sin!  He is our final Passover!!  There is no need for mankind to shed innocent blood to have forgiveness any longer.

The days between the crucifixion and the resurrection were no doubt sad days for Jesus’ disciples.  But on Sunday, Jesus rose from the dead and defeated death, hell and the grave!  The word of God tells us that we should celebrate this weekend by cleansing our hearts from sin and worship the Lord in sincerity and truth.

Today we need to get the old leaven out of our lives and have our hearts clean, so that we can celebrate the resurrection of the Lamb of God, our Passover tomorrow.