The Passover in the Gospel of John

The Sunday class continues the series Testaments, Old and New, studying how the Hebrew scriptures are interpreted within the New Testament itself. In this session, we look at the way in which the gospel of John refers to the story of the Passover from Exodus chapter 12. Several times in John we are told that Jesus is the “Lamb of God.” This central theme of the gospel is a reference to the Passover lamb, sacrificed to save the Hebrews in Egypt, and commemorated annually thereafter. John thus presents the death of Jesus as the final sacrifice, one which takes away the sin of the world.