Richard Agee

Passover and the Lamb of God

Richard AgeeThe Apostle John tells us that John the Baptist was the first one who proclaimed the primary purpose of Yeshua’s mission. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” (Jn. 1:29, 36) But this Lamb did not show up the way the experts wanted and when Yeshua refused to fulfill the violent desires of the religious experts, they inflicted grave violence on Yeshua, but Yeshua expected that, and so did John the Baptist, even though he didn’t live to see it.

The Exodus is a picture of us. They were to live by every word of God’s mouth and we are to live in the same way.

 

The only sacrifice that God calls His own is the sacrifice. The first feast of the Lord is Passover and then we go into Shavuot.

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” (Jn. 1:29, 36)

But this Lamb did not show up the way the experts were expecting. The people were mostly focused on the coming of the Messiah but at least the scribes and experts had the sense to understand that Elijah was supposed to come before the Messiah. 

They came to John the Baptist to inquire if He was the Messiah. John’s response is recorded in John 1:19-28. Elijah’s ministry was unique. He was called to the Northern Tribes of Israel to re-teach them God’s ways because they had lived an entire generation disconnected from the Temple. Elijah had to start from scratch to teach the people about God. 

John felt that he was just a slave and not a very important one at that. 

The baptism of John at the river Jordan was not an ordinary mikvah experience. It was associated with either Elijah, “The Prophet” like unto Moses, or the Messiah. 

The next day, the day after this interrogation, Yeshua comes to meet John at the river Jordan. This is recorded in John 1:29-34. John was told in advance by God that God would give him a clue about who the Messiah would be and when John saw it, he knew that Yeshua was the Messiah. 

“You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.” (Ex. 19:4–6)

The point of the First Covenant was for Israel to become a nation of kingdom and priests. 

Many people have a different pattern with God. Many people believe that God touches the heart first and then the mind but scripture indicates the opposite. God brings His word first and then the broken and contrite heart comes to lead us repentance and then acceptance of Yeshua as the agent of salvation. 

The point of the matzah is not how bad it tastes or how much it hurts one’s stomach. The point is to focus on the destruction of Yeshua’s body and how it was broken to pieces for us.

When Yeshua came the first time, He came as the Lamb of God, not as the Messiah. He did not come with the rod of iron that scriptures describes. 

John was not baptizing people in Israel but on the other side of the Jordan. He was not in the Temple. This made John’s baptism different than the mikvah or baptisms that occurred in the Temple or in Jewish households throughout the Holy Land. 

Now, let’s go to John 12:34-36. The crowd asks Yeshua if the Messiah is supposed to live forever, how can the Son of Man, aka the Messiah die? This is not about the Son of God but about the Son of Man. 

This phrase Son of Man first shows up in the Book of Daniel.

When Yeshua comes the second time as the Messiah, it will be a dark time, it will not be brightness and light. 

The Passover lamb was killed when it was still light but it was not to be consumed until after it became dark. 

Yeshua told Phillip and the Greeks in the Temple:

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” (John 12:22-28)

The Son of Man/The Lamb of God came to take away the penalty of sin. God loves us so much He took the life of His son but He loved His Son so much that He brought His Son back to life. 

In Matt. 3:13-17 we read that Yeshua came to John to be baptized but John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. Yeshua had nothing he needed to repent of, so why did Yeshua do it? When He was baptized, He was blessed with the anointing of the Holy Spirit but He was also marked as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Yeshua is accepting that job. Yeshua “died” in the water first before He died on the cross. Yeshua was preparing to live a new life from this point forward. 

The Exodus is a picture of us. They were to live by every word of God’s mouth and we are to live in the same way. 

After Yeshua was baptized, He had a new life that remained upon Him, life is spirit and spirit is life. Flesh and blood is death. As our flesh is dying, our spirit is supposed to be growing. 

Now, we’ll talk about the bread, wine and the baptism into life. Matt. 16:16-20. This is not about Catholic v. Protestant. This not establishing a new office of the church called the Pope. It’s more important than that.

Who is our worst enemy? It’s death. Yet Apostle Paul tells us that even death no longer has the upper-hand over us and the reason why death no longer has authority over us is told by Yeshua to Peter. 

What was Peter supposed to loosen and bind? In the Book of Acts, the first half is all about Peter. He was the first to baptize a Gentile. Right after that, Paul becomes the focus of the book and he is the primary apostle to the Gentiles

One of the keys was the keys of death. He was the first one to condemn someone to death and he was also the first to resurrect someone. He was the first one to bring salvation to the Gentiles. That is the reason Yeshua gave Peter these keys. They are a prophesy over Peter. 

It took Peter some time to learn what he was supposed to bind v. loosen. Peter had no right to bind Yeshua from His mission to the cross (Matt. 16:21-23), he had no right to call the gentiles unclean and forbid them from receiving the Gospel (Acts 10). 

In Luke 4:14-18, Yeshua read the text of Isaiah in the synagogue. Yeshua did not come with a sword. How was Yeshua going to set them free? The people there were upset because they wanted freedom from the Romans, they wanted a Messiah with a sword but that is not how Yeshua came to them. 

He was called to speak with those who are weak, who seem to have nothing going for them financially, physically or mentally. 

He came to those who have no hope, no joy. He came to those who are broken, shattered and to heal the heart. He has to teach the Kingdom of God first. They didn’t understand it at first but they eventually understood. 

God took His Son’s life so we could keep the covenant. He is going to reach into our minds, hearts. He will help us understand Him. He wants us with Him so much that God took His Son’s life to accomplish it. 

When the Bread was destroyed, the Seed died and went into the grave and then came out of the grave worth more than it was when it entered the grave. That’s the plant that the Heavenly Father planted. If any other seed is planted, it has no life, no power. 

Speaker: Richard Agee. Summary: Tammy.


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