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The lamb eaten at the Passover of the Jews. According to the Mosaic law, the lambs were first to be sacrificed on the afternoon of the fourteenth of Nisan and then taken to the homes, where the people ate the lamb during the night (Exodus 12). Christ as the Messiah "was sacrificed for us" (I Corinthians 5:7), "and thus became for those who believe in Him the Paschal Lamb who takes away the sins of the world" (John 1:29).
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