The Firstborn

“For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. (Exodus 12:12)” 

Interesting, only the firstborn was affected by this plague. So it was up to everyone’s participation to help protect the firstborn.

I’m the firstborn of a firstborn; so no doubt my household would have taken notice of this plague, if we had lived in those days. Although, my younger siblings might have thought it funny to hide the lamb, just to watch me squirm.

But, it is interesting that Passover is more about protecting the firstborn, but not necessarily about anyone else. Or is it?

We learn in the New Testament that Jesus is our Passover, but how is he everyone’s Passover if everyone isn’t a firstborn?

“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: (1 Corin. 5:7)” 

The Lord’s command was for everyone to participate and they had to start with the removal of all leaven, those who don’t keep the command was to be cut off from Israel. (And cut off from the promise that is within the Passover.)

In the New Testament it is revealed, that the promise of a resurrection is hidden in the Passover. That through the blood of Jesus our Passover lamb; death passes over us and a promise of eternal life awaits those who trusts in him.

Death is waiting for the firstborn; or I should say, for everyone who has ever been birthed and given physical life. But, everyone who believes on Jesus is now born again and they are no longer under the power of death; and through the resurrection, death will be denied its eternal grip on them.

Passover is about saving the firstborn, but the firstborn can only be saved by the application of the blood of the lamb. Once you see the hidden promise of the resurrection in the Passover, then you can then see that everyone is really a firstborn.

Jesus said it this way, “you must be born again!” It’s through his blood we find the promise of the resurrection and it’s the only way to save the firstborn from death!

“Jesus said, I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (John 11:25)”


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