JEWISH PRIESTLY PASSOVER SACRIFICE

WARNING: This video contains graphic content. If you do not want to see a lamb being slain, do not watch this video.

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This week we remember that Jesus died for us on the cross of Calvary. Also on Sunday evening we will look at the Passover just before we take the Lord’s supper.

The film is graphic and you will feel what it must have been like to see the lamb sacrificed! Remember that Jesus suffered far more than this!

Over 3,000 years ago, God brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt. He accomplished this by bringing ten devastating plagues upon the Egyptians, the last and greatest of which was the death of the oldest son in each family. God made a way for the Israelites to escape this death by sacrificing a lamb and putting its blood on the doorposts of their houses. Then the angel would “pass over” the house with the blood so that the firstborn would not die. At that time, God commanded the Israelites to celebrate the Passover every year. Each family would choose a lamb on the 10th day of the month of Nisan and on the 14th day, the lamb would be slain.

Shortly after the time of Christ, the Jewish temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. Since then, the Jewish people have not been able to follow the command to kill a lamb on Passover. But this year, a group of Jewish people carried out a ritual slaughter in Jerusalem not far from where the temple used to be.
Watching this sacrifice shows how, as God said, “the life is in the blood.” This sacrifice brings home the high cost of sin which requires the death of a substitute in the place of man.
Just before the animal is slain, the priest pronounced a blessing: “Blessed are you, LORD our God, King of the world, who has sanctified us with his statutes and commanded us concerning the [ritual] slaughtering.”

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