“How Does the Passover Symbolize Christ’s Atonement?,” Liahona, Apr. 2022.
The Feast of the Passover commemorates the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt (see Exodus 12:27). Through symbols, the Passover can teach us today that just as the Lord delivered the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, He can also deliver us from the bondage of sin.
A male lamb without blemish was slaughtered and eaten at the feast. God sacrificed His Only Begotten Son, as “a lamb without blemish” (1 Peter 1:19), to bring salvation to His children.
Israelites ate bitter herbs at Passover to remind them of the bitterness of their bondage in Egypt (see Exodus 12:8). Through His Atonement, the Savior drank the “bitter cup” (3 Nephi 11:11) so that He could help us overcome the bondage of sin.
The Israelites who put lamb’s blood on their doorposts were spared from physical death during the last plague (see Exodus 12:13). How does the blood of the lamb represent Christ’s Atonement? How does the Savior help us overcome both physical and spiritual death?
The Lord commanded the Israelites to eat unleavened bread in order to remember the Passover (see Exodus 12:15). During the Last Supper, Jesus ate unleavened bread and invited His apostles to “eat … in remembrance of [Him]” (1 Corinthians 11:24). How does the sacrament remind you of the Savior?