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Christ Our Passover.

Christ Our Passover.

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SIMON GREENLEAF FULLER, M.A.,




AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, WHEN YOUR CHIL-
DREN SHALL SAY UNTO YOU, WHAT MEAN YE BY THIS
SERVICE ? THAT YE SHALL SAY, IT IS THE SACRIFICE OF
THE lord's PASSOVER. — Exodus^ xii. 26.
SIMON GREENLEAF FULLER, M.A.,




AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, WHEN YOUR CHIL-
DREN SHALL SAY UNTO YOU, WHAT MEAN YE BY THIS
SERVICE ? THAT YE SHALL SAY, IT IS THE SACRIFICE OF
THE lord's PASSOVER. — Exodus^ xii. 26.

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CHRIST OUR PASSOVER.SIMO GREELEAF FULLER, M.A.,AD IT SHALL COME TO PASS, WHE YOUR CHIL-DRE SHALL SAY UTO YOU, WHAT MEA YE BY THISSERVICE ? THAT YE SHALL SAY, IT IS THE SACRIFICE OFTHE lord's PASSOVER. — Exodus^ xii. 26.OUR nourishing mother the Church, thaton this Easter morning our joymay be full, and such as no man can takeaway, bids us think of the Passover asthe type of our feast— containing in itsdetails the bold and well-defined outlinesof our sacrifice, our deliverance, our pres-ent position, our future prospects — of thethings which we now see and in which werejoice; of the things not seen as yet, butwhich are hoped for, and by faith presentlyreal and substantial. It is well that we aretold to examine the type and the shadow. The4Digitized by VjOOQ IC74 Christ our Passover.Easter sun is too dazzling for the nakedeye, and it is only through the obscuredglass that we can discern its form and out-ward appearance. The Easter joy dazzleswith its splendor, comprehending so muchthat is ineffable — z, rising Son of God, aredeemed humanity, the first-fruits of a
 
new race, death overcome, the beginning of a new creation in which all tears shall bewiped away — that we need the obscurity,as it were, of the shadow, that we maycalmly behold, as through a glass, themarvels that have been wrought for us,and the glories still to be revealed. So,when our children ask us, "What meanye by this service?" the answer that, dulyenlarged, will give them the fullest andclearest instruction, is the answer of thetext: "It- is the sacrifice of the Lord'sPassover."But I cannot enter upon such a themewithout speaking, and with the deepest feel-ing, of the fact that, through all themanifold changes of human society, theDigitized by VjOOQ ICChrist our Passover. 75Jews continue, unto this day, to observethis season, and such of the rites of thePassover as are yet possible with theirtemple destroyed and their holy place inthe hands of the Gentile. They cannotsacrifice the lamb, for to their temple thereis not left one stone upon another, norwill it ever be rebuilt until the fulfil-ment of Ezekiel's vision ; when, indeed, Godwill take them from among the heathen,and gather them out of all countries, andwill bring them into their own land ; whenthey will keep the true Passover, and eatof the true paschal Lamb, — ^the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the
 
world. Yet, they still keep the feast of unleavened bread with pious care and rev-erence; and this is a fact that I cannot con-template without deep emotion.- We arecarried back, not hundreds, but thousandsof years. We stand on the banks of theile, and hear the cry of the oppressedentering into the ears of the God of theirfathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, andDigitized by VjOOQ IC76 Christ our Passover.of Jacob. We see the plagues consummatedin the slaying of the first-born of Egypt,with the deliverance of Israel, the "first-bom of Jehovah," from the yoke of bond-age. All these things are types of mightyrealities. Yet they themselves were realevents, witnessed by the continual observ-ance, through all the generations, of suchpaschal rites as could be observed in thedispersion abroad of the twelve tribes of Israel.It is, indeed, a thrilling spectacle to seethese blood descendants of the peoplewhom Gk)d delivered from Egyptian bond-age — ^yes, and the natural kinsmen of theSon of God — suffering still the chastise-ment of spiritual blindness visited upontheir race for their frantic rejection of their Brother; to see these scattered rem-nants of the chosen people still true tothe ancient ceremonies. When I think of them, not only putting the leaven awayfrom their houses for seven days, but also

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