The Passover in Exodus 12 is a picture of Jesus Christ dying for us to redeem us and to give Himself to us as our life supply. First Corinthians 5:7-8 says, “our Passover, Christ, also has been sacrificed. So then let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
The words in 1 Corinthians 5 reflect Exodus 12:8, “they shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread with bitter herbs.” Here is a little from Life-study of Exodus*:
To eat with unleavened bread means to eliminate all sinful things. When we enjoy Christ as our Passover, we must purge away everything sinful. At the same time, we need to eat bitter herbs. This means that we need to regret and repent, to experience a bitter taste regarding sinful things. When we believed in the Lord Jesus, many of us received Him as our life supply and also gave up everything sinful. At the same time, we experienced regret and repentance. This indicates that we ate Christ with bitter herbs.
We should not take the lamb without the unleavened bread and the bitter herbs. Whenever you receive Christ as your supply, you receive a life without sin, without leaven, that gives you a bitter feeling when you sin, that repents when you make a mistake. This life is sensitive to sin, to any kind of wrongdoing, to anything of the self. To keep yourself unleavened, you have to repent.
Jesus Christ is a rich food supply for us. Exodus 12 has many details about the Passover to portray these riches of Christ. May we feast on all of them. (This series of posts on eating through the Bible cannot cover everything in Exodus 12; please see the note below for much more.) The riches of Christ for our eating are unfolded through the whole Bible and will continue eternally in New Jerusalem with the tree of life producing fruits each month.
* Witness Lee, Life-study of Exodus, (this page has a link to online reading) published and © by Living Stream Ministry. This excerpt is from message 23, the first of three messages unfolding the Passover.