Did you know that everything Jesus did during Crucifixion Week was prophesied about in a festival kept every year by the Jews for thousands of years?
The yearly festival is called Passover and began roughly 1,500 BC. Moses commanded each family to select a lamb on the 10th of the month. The lamb was to be inspected from the 10th to the 14th and be found blameless.
Jesus, our Passover lamb, rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and presented himself to the nation on the 10th. He was then questioned and examined by the scribes and Pharisees until the 14th and found blameless.
On the evening of the 14th each household was to eat the Passover meal with their family. On this night we have the famous Last Supper that Jesus ate with his family, the disciples. This meal was actually the Passover meal in which he said, “Take, eat, this is my body. Take, drink, this is my blood.”
In other words, he was declaring himself to be the fulfillment of that yearly feast.
The next morning the high priest was to kill the Passover lamb to make atonement for the sins of the people (being very careful not to break even one bone). At the very hour when the high priest was killing the lamb in Jerusalem, Jesus was hanging on the cross, not one bone broken.
A few days later, on Sunday, the high priest would offer up the Firstfruits offering which looked forward to the coming harvest. At the very moment the smoke from that offering was rising toward heaven, Jesus was revealing himself to his disciples in his resurrected body, the firstfruits of what is to come. (1 Cor. 15:23)
To think that the Jews had celebrated this feast for thousands of years, and then Jesus fulfilled it so precisely! This is amazing evidence that Jesus truly is “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
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