For, himself led as a lamb
and slain as a sheep,
he ransomed us from the world’s service
as from the land of Egypt,
and freed us from the devil’s slavery
as from the hand of Pharaoh;
and he marked our souls with his own Spirit
and the members of our body with his own blood.
It is he that clouded death with shame
and stood the devil in grief
as Moses did Pharoah.
It is he that struck down crime
and made injustice childless
as Moses did Egypt.
It is he that delivered us from slavery to liberty,
from darkness to light,
from death to life,
from tyranny to eternal royalty…
It is he that was enfleshed in a virgin,
that was hanged on a tree,
that was buried in the earth,
that was raised from the dead,
that taken up to the heights of the heavens.
He is the lamb being slain;
he is the lamb speechless;
he is the one born from Mary the lovely ewe-lamb;
he is the one “taken from the flock” (cf. Ex. 12:5; 1 Sam. 17: 34),
and dragged “to slaughter” (cf. Isa. 53:7),
and sacrificed “at evening” (cf. Ex. 12:6),
and buried “at night” (cf. Ex. 12:8, 10),
who on the tree was “not broken” (cf. Ex. 12:10),
in the earth was not dissolved,
arose from the dead,
and raised up man from the grave below.
(Melito of Sardis, Homily on the Pascha, from Paul M. Blowers’s The Bible in Greek Christian Antiquity, pp. 98-99)