Matthew 26:17-19


Why was Passover a favorite celebration for the Jewish people? At Passover, the people remembered how God had once saved them from slavery in Egypt. One night in Egypt a long time ago, God told the Jewish people to put the blood of a lamb over their door. The Lord would “pass over” the houses with the blood over the door (Exodus 12).

God is right and fair in giving a very serious punishment for sin. God is the Creator and everything belongs to Him. He loves us and it is wrong for us to want to be in charge of our life instead of obeying Him (Romans 3:10-11). The punishment for sin is death. In God’s mercy, He allows a substitute to take the punishment for the person who has sinned. In the Old Testament, God planned for a lamb to be the substitute for sinners. A substitute takes the place of some other person or thing like a substitute teacher takes the place of another teacher at school. At Passover, the blood of the lamb over the door meant that the lamb was the substitute sacrifice for the sins of the people in that house. God made a way for sin to be punished and sinners to be saved.

The substitute sacrifice of lambs in the Old Testament is the picture for us of Jesus the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The lamb chosen for the sacrifice had to be perfect without any spot or blemish. Jesus was the only One who ever obeyed all of God’s commands all the time. Jesus never sinned (1 Peter 1:18-19). Since Jesus had no sin of His own, He was able to be the perfect substitute.

Jesus was willing to take the punishment for sin that we deserve (Hebrews 9:26). Jesus did this when He died on the cross and took all the terrible anger that God has toward sin. Because of this, God’s people are saved so they can live forever with God. When a boy, girl, mom, or dad trusts Jesus, they are forgiven by God and have the joy of living with Him forever.


Jesus took the punishment for sin.



  1. Why was Passover a favorite holiday for the Jewish people?
  2. What is sin and why is it so serious? 
  3. Why is Jesus called the Lamb of God?


Acts 2: 22-24
Discuss v. 24 “because it was not possible for him to be held by it”