Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 28: His Bones
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 28th, 2013

Exodus 12:43 “This is the statute of the Passover:…. 46 It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, and you shall not break any of its bones.
 
Psalm 34:20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. 

John 19:33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 

1 Corinthians 5:7 For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 

The feast of Passover is a commemoration of Israel leaving bondage in Egypt so that they can be free to worship God in the wilderness (or desert). In the original Passover, judgment was coming to all of Egypt. The only ones who would be spared (or passed over) would be those who had the blood put upon their doorposts. This blood had to come from a lamb. It is supposed to be slaughtered, but the bones are not to be broken. When the Angel of Death passed through Egypt and saw the blood on the doorpost, he was to pass over the house and move on to the next house. In this context (as well as in our context), the blood was a covering of protection against the judgment of God.

In the New Testament the word translated as Passover is an idiom. In other words, the word does not mean Passover. The word (pascha) literally means “the thing that is slaughtered.” In 1 Corinthians 5:7 the words “Passover Lamb” is translated from pascha. This verse identifies Christ as our Passover lamb. Through His blood we escape the judgment of God that will come upon this world. Through His blood we gain eternal life. Through His blood we have access to His Holy Spirit.

In Psalm 34:20, the writer interjects a prophetic utterance: “He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken.” I’m not exactly sure why God chose not to allow His bones to be broken. But I do know that in the bible, bones represent life. For instance in Ezekiel 37, the dry bones represented people that had no spiritual life in them. In this case, the preservation of bones may refer to the preservation of His life. He would rise again. For whatever reason, God desired it and it was fulfilled. As stated before on Day 26:

Sometimes the victims are feistier than others and they last longer than their tormentors would like. After all, they are the ones who have to bury the victim. After a while, the tormentors would lose patience and break the legs of the victims. This hastens death because they are no longer able to lift themselves up. In the case of Calvary, the thieves’ legs were broken because the next day was the Sabbath and the Jews did not want them on the cross during the Sabbath (John 19:31). Of course, Jesus’ legs were not broken because He was already dead.

Jesus’ body was broken for a broken people, but none of His bones were broken. 



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