What is the Importance of Passover?
The Passover does not signify an offering for sin – otherwise, there would be no need for
a separate Sin Offering.  The Passover had a different significance for two groups of
Israelites that night.  The Passover spared the life of the firstborn.  However,
undoubtedly those who were not firstborn were a much larger part of Israel – whose lives
were not in danger, from the destroyer.  Baptism in the Red Sea, seven days later,
symbolized the washing away of the sins of Israel.  However, Passover was a means of
rescuing the Israelites from death for the firstborn and from slavery to Egypt for
everyone.  Without the blood of Christ, there would be little significance in rescuing one
from the world.  Why rescue one from the world if there is no means of washing away his
sins?  Therefore, Christ became a sacrifice on the “morrow of the 14th of Nisan” as our
Passover (our Redeemer) – only one of several sacrifices that typed the Messiah in the
Old Testament.  In other words, God does not cleanse us from our sins while we are still
in the world.  First, the Messiah must redeem, rescue, or deliver us from the world with
His blood to begin the process of salvation.  This gives one a clue that the wine and the
bread of the “Lord’s Supper” go beyond Passover.  In other words, one should not see
only the Passover in the sacrifice of the Messiah nor in the bread and wine that symbolize
his body and blood.  The great importance of Passover was to rescue the Israelites out of
Egypt – a type of the world.  Until the slavery of the world is broken, we cannot make any
progress toward salvation.  Therefore, Passover is the beginning of the salvation process
– a first step without which we cannot complete the journey – and the blood of the
Messiah makes that first step possible.