Today is Palm Sunday and Easter is next week. Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem prior to Passover. Crowds were celebrating and calling out “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” That same crowd yelled crucify Him just a week later.
But I want to talk about Passover, which is tomorrow. Passover is a Jewish festival which commemorates God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. More importantly it points to the coming Deliverer and Savior of all, Jesus Christ. There are many references in the New Testament that identifies the Passover lamb as Christ Jesus. In John 1:29 we read that “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” And in 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul wrote “Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” And in 1 Peter 1:9, Peter identified Jesus as the “Lamb without blemish and without spot.”
Passover was initiated by the Israelites and the Passover lamb had to be without blemish, male, young, examined, slain in public, and none of it’s bones to be broken. The blood on the door posts (as directed by Moses by the word from God) was a sign that God would pass over and not destroy the family’s firstborn son. In Exodus 12:13 the Israelites were told that 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 the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”
Jesus fulfills this festival because he was sinless and perfect, male, slain while he was young (only 33), lived a meticulously examined life, died publicly, none of his bones were broken, and Jesus’s blood is the sign of Jesus’s death. Through his death we are saved from the coming judgment. Here are some cross reference verses in the New Testament I recommend you read.
Romans 5:9, Ephesians 2:13, Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 9:22 , 1 Peter 1:2, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:5 and 7:14
In all respects Jesus fulfilled the divinely ordained prophetic picture. He is our Passover lamb. Hebrews 10:19–23 says “therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil His flesh, having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering and He who promised is faithful.” And his promises are Yes and Amen (let it be as said)! (2 Corinthians 1:19)
So when Jesus died, and shed his blood, we were washed white as snow because his blood was atonement for us. Each and everyone of us. And when he rose again on the day we call Easter, we can be assured that our God lives!
If you have questions, I recommend reading the book of Romans. The first eight chapters talk about how we need righteousness, how it was imputed to us, and how it was accomplished. The rest of the book talks about righteousness being vindicated and how we can practice it in our own lives.
May we all come to God in faith, confess our sins, declare the atonement of our sins and say Hosanna because He is our Risen Lord who loves us beyond measure!! Because His promises are Yes and Amen!!
(Scripture and discussion points taken from Nelson’s New King James Study Bible.)