Why Is Passover Important for Believers in Christ? -Thoughts from Chuck-
Why Is Passover Important for Believers in Christ?
Lori Meed, IFA Contributing Writer | April 14, 2022
Jesus entered Jerusalem on the 10th day of the month, now called the Triumphal Entry and celebrated as Palm Sunday (Jn 12:12-13). This was the day the Passover lamb was brought into the city and set apart for inspection until the 14th. The very words that the crowd shouted were from Psalm 118, a psalm that the priests were praying in the temple that very day. Everything Jesus did this week would correspond to God’s calendar, and the events which had been repeated for centuries to foreshadow Him. As the Passover lamb – the animal – was being inspected for those 4 days, THE Passover Lamb – Jesus – was as well. He was questioned, examined, and cross-examined by the religious leaders who were trying to find a flaw in Him (Mt 21:23-27), but they could find no blemish – He was the Spotless Lamb. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Pt 1:18-19) As He ascended the hill of Golgotha, carrying His cross, as Isaac had carried the wood for the sacrifice with his father Abraham, Jesus, the Lamb provided by God Himself, went willingly to death on the cross. The sinless Lamb of God slain for us from before the foundation of the world, His blood spilled that we might apply it to the doorposts of our lives, and hearts and so be saved from death (Rev 13:8).
The Jews prepared their chosen lambs for sacrifice at nine on the morning of the 14th, and then slaughtered them at three in the afternoon. At this exact hour, Jesus was nailed to the cross (Mk 15:25). Then at three o’clock – the ninth hour – as people praised God and slaughtered their lambs, thanking God for their deliverance – Jesus breathed His last and gave up His Spirit (Mk 15:33-37). Not one of His bones was broken (Ex 12:46; Ps 34:20; Jn 19:36). Jesus’s body was taken down before 6 pm – the beginning of the next day – so that it might be fulfilled that ‘nothing was left until the next day’ (Ex 12:10).