The Passover Crucifixion

Exodus 12:1-13
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, "This month for you shall be the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight."
"Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs shall they eat it. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.

John 19:14
Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He (Pilate) said to the Jews, "Behold your King!"

Jesus' last supper was a Passover meal eaten on Thursday evening. He was crucified around the middle of the day on "the day of Preparation"- this is the day that the Passover lambs would begin to be sacrificed in Jerusalem, thus highlighting a direct connection with Jesus as Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29)

John 19:31
Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away.

This passage just helps to show that Jesus was crucified on the day of Preparation for the Passover.

The Jews celebrate the Passover meal to mark the day that God cursed Egypt and passed them over. They had to take the blood from the lambs they had killed to eat and put it on the doorposts and doorways of their homes. The blood was there so that when God came through that night to put His curse on the Egyptians, He would see the blood and not curse that home, knowing that the home belonged to one of His people. God poured out His wrath among the firstborn of the Egyptians. This wrath brought about much pain and suffering for the Egyptians. The Egyptians seeing that the curse had befallen them and not the Jews, convinced Pharaoh to finally let God's people go. If a Jew had not placed the blood on the house as God instructed them, they too were swept up in the whirlwind of God's wrath. The blood is the only thing that kept the Jews from tasting the wrath of God.

Jesus has replaced the need for slaughtering a lamb and spreading its blood on our homes. In fact, Jesus was the lamb, without blemish, that was sacrificed on the Preparation of the Passover so that His blood would now be used as a mark for God to see that this is one of His children and would pass them by as He poured out His wrath. This is the case for us today. We have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have been washed in His blood, the blood of the Lamb. Now when God decides to pour out His wrath, we have the blood-mark of Jesus so that God will pass over us. God is still punishing those that try to cause His people to stumble. Thank God that we have been marked by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Jesus being crucified on the Passover is no coincidence. It was planned that way by God. If you recall, there were several times when Jesus had to slip away so that He would not be arrested before the correct time. He knew exactly when He was supposed to be killed. He laid His life down on the day that the Jews knew as the beginning of exile from Egypt. Jesus has given us the opportunity to be passed over and exiled from judgment and death. Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ forever!

Father I thank you for your Son Jesus Christ. Thank you for seeing me fit to have my King lay down His own life so that I may be saved. Father I pray that you help us to remember that always and never to lose sight of it. We are in debt to you and we owe you our lives on earth as a payment for our eternal life. I praise you and worship you Lord. Thank you so much. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


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