Sermon Quotes: "The Passover: A Gospel Preview"

“In a way, these instructions must be terrifying to the people of Israel. God tells his people that the angel of death is going to pass through their midst, and the only way their firstborn will be saved is if they kill a lamb and put its blood prominently on their doorposts. Do you see what God is teaching his people here? First, he wants them to understand that they themselves are guilty of sin. But second, he is beginning to teach them the principle of sacrifice and substitution. Yes, their sin demands death, but that curse can be borne by another-in this case, the lamb. This is a visceral, bloody, and unforgettable lesson. As each family kills the animal and puts its blood on their doorposts, they know unmistakably that this little lamb has died in the place of-instead of-their firstborn child. It is a lesson God wants his people never to forget.” ESV Story of Redemption Bible

“My, what a monumental change happens in a person’s life when God is in charge of one’s time instead of Pharaoh! Expectation replaces resignation. Hope replaces numbness. Rhapsody replaces routine. Celebration replaces drudgery.” Victor Hamilton

“The biblical gospel of atonement is of God satisfying himself by substituting himself for us. The concept of substitution may be said, then, to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone.” John Stott

“It was late afternoon on the eve of the Passover. At twilight, lambs would be sacrificed by every household, according to the law of Moses. All over the city fathers were getting ready to make the offering, gathering their families together and saying, ‘God has provided a lamb for us.’ Over at the temple the high priest was also preparing a lamb to present as an atonement for Israel’s sin. Then there was Jesus, hanging on the cross, with the sacrificial blood flowing from his hands and side. He was the lamb of God taking away the sins of the world.” Phil Ryken

“Oh, come, ye wanderers, and rest in Jesus. Come, ye most lost, most ruined, most hopeless, and find heaven begun in Christ. Oh, you that sit on the verge of perdition, who made a covenant with death and a league with hell, whose death warrant seems to be signed, and put into your hands, so that you read it by the flames of hell who fury you anticipate, come to Jesus and that handwriting of death shall be blotted out. The impending judgment seems even now to scorch your souls; come and find deliverance from it, for God himself invites you. Tarry no longer. May Jesus sweetly lead you to himself.” Charles Spurgeon