Christ, the Paschal Lamb of God 5

k0681289In our previous posts, we noted that the Passover lamb was (1) seized on the 10th day of Nisan. It must then be (2) separated and (3) safe-kept from the rest of the flock till the 14th day.

4th, the lamb must be spotless. The Hebrew word for “blemish” is tamim, “complete, whole, entire, sound, healthful.” (BDB) The same Hebrew word is used to describe a man as “wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity of God’s way.” (BDB) The lamb must not have a broken bone. It must not be blind, lame, or sick (Mal. 1:8). The head of the family must examine it and ensure that it is whole and healthy.

Christ, too, was examined by his accusers and by Pilate. (JFB) During those fateful days, the false witnesses contradicted themselves. The priests and the Pharisees desperately ran out of incriminating evidence. Pilate concluded, “I find no fault in him” (John 19:4, KJV). After Jesus gave up His spirit, the Jews wanted to break the legs of Jesus (John 19:31). But 1 soldier instead pierced His side. Thus, the prophecy was fulfilled, “For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, ‘Not one of His bones shall be broken’” (John 19:36, NKJV; cf. Ex. 12:46; Num. 9:12).

He was “holy, guiltless, undefiled, separated from sinners” (Heb. 7:26, WEB). He “offered himself without blemish to God” (Heb. 9:14, RSV). He was “unblemished and spotless” (1 Pet. 1:19, TCNT).

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