Loving The Lamb
The Lord instructs Israel to take a lamb without blemish for each household (12:5). The lamb stayed with the family for 4 days before it's sacrificed (12:6). Can you imagine the attachment the little sons and daughters would gain in bonding with a cute, little lamb? Maybe everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go! Then to have the lamb sacrificed would be deeply personal - a lamb they loved was sacrificed for their sin. The Christ we love and know personally had died for our sin. Remember that Communion was first given by Christ during Passover and Christ would be that lamb. At our next Communion, let's remember the Lamb we love and the price He paid for our sin.
Saved By The Lamb
As the blood was applied to the doorpost (12:7), the symbolism of the cross comes into view. The Lord would "passover" the homes where the house had the blood applied and spare the first born from God's judgment. A cry sounded over Egypt where no defiant household was spared (12:30) - the alternative to not accepting God's mercy is to receive His judgment.
Choose The Lamb Or Choose To Be Lame
Every person has a choice - choose to receive God's mercy through Christ or be ready to face God's judgment. God sent a Passover Lamb on our behalf. By coincidence, I'm writing this blog as my kids are watching "The Chronicles Of Narnia - Lion, Witch & Wardrobe" as Aslan the lion is being sacrificed for the rebellion of Edmund. Aslan is a picture of Christ who died on our behalf and was resurrected.
1 Corinthians 5:7 For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
For a neat presentation on "Christ In The Passover" (David Brickner, Jews for Jesus), check out the video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5272606142394767394# (40 minutes)
These articles from Israel My Glory are also wonderful:
http://foi.org/pesachpart2, http://foi.org/pesachpart3, http://foi.org/pesachpart4