How the Jewish Passover Works With The Cross of Christ
There are some things we gentiles find strange about Passover. First, it had two Sabbaths, not only the one weekly Sabbath, but Passover also comes with what is called a High Sabbath as well. Passover is also in Jewish days, which start at sundown, This can be very confusing for gentiles, as we are used to days that start at midnight. The Jews start their days with sundown, or the dawn of darkness, as that’s how God’s first day started, with darkness. Jews even say God had to create darkness and nothingness for a place where He could create the universe. I find that very interesting. I hope the following will better show how this, the most major event of all time actually occurred!
Passover was established by God for the time His Son would come in the flesh to offer salvation to the world via His sacrifice on the cross. Passover started in Egypt when the Jews spread the blood of the sacrificial lamb on their doors to escape death from the 10th plague. The blood sacrifice of the sacrificial lamb from the cross is used to escape death, just as it was in Egypt, only this time it’s used to escape eternal death.
How Passover days worked in the year of the cross.
In the year of the cross, Passover started on Nissan 10th, the weekly Sabbath day (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday).. On this day every Jewish family brought in to their house the spotless sacrificial lamb and they accepted it as part of their family. In this manner they transferred their sins onto the lamb, which would be sacrificed for their sins. The 10th is also when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the colt and they accepted Him as their king and Messiah by lying palm branches for Him and saying “blessed is the King of Israel.”
13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
At sundown on Tuesday the 14th, the Passover High Sabbath came and there was a seder (special meal).The family sacrificial lamb was with them during this seder. During the Passover seder, there are three times when the participants share wine and bread. During one of these times Jesus mentions the wine and bread are symbols of his sacrifice He is about to make. Gentile Christians call it the Last Supper, but it’s directly from the traditional Passover seder. Jesus was not creating a new celebration by doing this. He was explaining why it had been done all this time, to point to his sacrifice for mankind. The Sacrificial Lamb would remain in the house with the family from the 10th to the 14th.
During the 14th (sundown Tuesday to sundown Wednesday) Jesus was arrested on the mount of Olives Tuesday evening and taken to be tried by the Jews, just after the Passover Seder) remember, Jewish day starts with sundown. Early in the morning (still the 14th) he is taken to Pilate at about 6 am, then sent to Herod and then back to Pilate at about 7 am, where he is sentenced to death on the cross and beaten. At around 8 he is lead to Calvary. At 9am (the third hour) he is nailed to the cross and they gamble for his clothes and says “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. KJV
25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. KJV
Jesus was mocked while he hung on the cross.
39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. KJV
31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. KJV
36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. KJV
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. KJV
Jesus saves the thief on the cross.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. KJV
Jesus speaks to Many and John.
26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. KJV
At noon (the sixth hour) darkness covered the land until 3 pm (the ninth hour).
33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. KJV
At three in the afternoon (the ninth hour),