2. Without blemish
The lamb had to be without blemish.
Jesus was without blemish. He was sinless.
3. One year
The lamb had to be one year old, in the prime of his life.
Jesus was in the prime of his life when he was sacrificed as a young adult.
The lamb was necessarily a male.
Jesus came to earth as a man.
Every house and each family had to have their own lamb.
Everyone has to open their own heart for what Jesus has done for them and personally accept him as their Lord and Savior.
6. Four Days
The lamb had to be brought into the house four days before the 14th.
Four days before his death on the cross on the eve of Passover, Jesus was brought into Jerusalem on a donkey.
7. Broken Bones
The Israelites weren't allowed to break the bones of the Lamb. Not during the cooking and not even during the eating.
Jesus' bones didn't get broken. Not during the torture and the mockery he had to endure moments before his death and not during his crucifixion.
8. No leftovers
The lamb had to be consumed entirely on the eve of Passover. Nothing was to remain overnight.
Jesus was taken off the cross on the same evening of his crucifixion, although this wasn't customary.
9. First Born
The lamb died in place of the first-born of the Israelites.
Jesus died in our place. He died on the cross in order to reunite us with God.
The Israelites had to sprinkle the blood of the lamb on their doorposts as a sign to God. Whoever hid behind the blood of the lamb was safe from God's judgment against the Egyptians.
Whoever hides behind the blood of Jesus is safe from judgment.
The lamb opened a way to liberation from the years of slavery in Egypt.
Jesus' sacrifice liberates us from the bondage of sin.
The lamb had to be consumed entirely on the eve of Passover.
We have to get Jesus in our lives and consume his word every day. We also symbolically drink his blood and eat his flesh during the Lord's Supper.
If you have some time left tonight, just think about the amazing rescue plan God created especially for you.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I'm found,
Was blind, but now I see.