We note several parallel similarities and contrasts between the Paschal Lamb and Christ, the Lamb of God.
1st, the lamb was seized. “‘On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb’” (Ex. 12:3, NKJV). The verb, “take,” is from the Hebrew, laqah, “lay hold of, seize; fetch; take away.” (Carl Peklenk and Alex Luc, Simple Electronic Hebrew Glossary in Bible Windows CD) The verb form is Qal imperfect. It speaks of imperfective, unfinished action of unbroken continuity. The head of the household is to keep on taking the lamb, every 10th day of the month of Nisan, at the beginning of the Passover Feast. Yet the imperfect tense also looks forward to the future, when they will take the Lamb of God to the slaughter.
The timing here is critical. Christ completed the picture by entering Jerusalem on the 10th day of the month. It is exactly 4 days before His crucifixion. He went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover Feast. He also meant to portray Himself as the true Passover Lamb of God.
The Passover lamb was an unwilling lamb. But the Lamb of God willingly went to the slaughter, knowing what will happen to Him. The Passover Lamb can never take away sins. Yet only the Lamb of God can take away the sins of the world. Only He can propitiate for the sins of men and women. Only He can satisfy the wrath of God against the children of wrath (1 John 2:2; Eph. 2:1-10).
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