Despite His innocence, Yeshua willingly became chametz or leaven during His execution. He allowed Himself to be removed from the House of Israel on Passover, and thrown out like the leaven. The Almighty made Him who knew no sin to become sin on our behalf, so that we might become righteously unleavened through Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). He became chametz to cleanse the chametz from the people of the Kingdom.
Yehuda, the ish or man from Kerioth (also known as Judas Iscariot), confessed at the end of his own life that he had sinned by betraying an unleavened man. He betrayed the innocent Yeshua, the Unleavened One in whom there was no blemish. Pontius Pilate confirmed this when he declared, “I find no fault in this man.” No one – not Judas, not Pilate, not anyone who pondered the entire truth – could find the yeast of sin within Yeshua. He was without a shadow of sin, even when He exhorted people to be more sincere toward the Father. He shared no resemblance to chametz or leaven.
Rabbi Paul reminded believers that we had been cleansed of chametz. Hence, we were to live as unleavened people. We became unleavened through the death of our Unleavened Messiah. After Yeshua, the Passover Lamb, was sacrificed, Paul urged us to celebrate by keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread (1 Corinthians 5:7-8).
As we eat unleavened matzah this week, let us celebrate our Unleavened Messiah. Let us keep the feast, as Rabbi Paul urged, not with the old chametz of malice and wickedness – but with the matzah of sincerity and truth.