The Lord appointed 7 feasts for Israel to follow each year, 4 in the spring, and 3 in the fall. To date, we, as Christians, know that Jesus has fulfilled 4 of the 7, and has 3 more to fulfill; however, Israel doesn’t recognize Jesus fulfillment of any of these feasts, though they have the evidence staring right at them.
Today, we will take a look at one of the fulfillment feasts, the Feast of Passover, which is held in the first month, on the 14th day at twilight, which is in the month of Nisan (according to the Jewish calendar)… which changes on our calendar yearly and can fall either in March or April.
4 “These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them. 5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the Lord‘s Passover. ” Leviticus 23:4 (Nisan 14-15)
The first Passover started the night prior to the Israelite exit from being held slaves in Egypt for 400 years. We read about it in Exodus 12:
“The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 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…. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 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…. 14 “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.” Exodus 12: 1-14 (Nisan 14-15)
What the Israelites didn’t recognize at the time (and many still don’t today) was that the first Passover was actually a prophesy (or a future example or trial role-play) of when their true Passover Lamb would be sacrificed years later. And, according to God’s perfect timing, Jesus was sacrificed on the exact date of the Passover Feast, thus fulfilling this Scripture. Jesus was clear in His talking with the Disciples that He was the Passover Lamb, and John the Baptist also knew who He was even before His ministry began:
“The next day [John The Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! ” John 1:29
“When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, 2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”” Matthew 26: 1-5 (They were trying to avoid the feast as his execution date, but ironically, this was the exact date of it.)
In order for a lamb to have been accepted in the Old Testament to cover sins, it had to be inspected and proven to be without flaws. Jesus was inspected before the council of priests, as well as Pilate & Herod. There was no guilt found within him.
“Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” 3 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5 But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”” Luke 23: 1-5
“53 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council] were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. 65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.” Mark 14: 53-65
And, then the Passover Lamb (Jesus) was sacrificed on the exact day of the Passover to show to the world that He had accomplished the final sacrifice as prophesied generations earlier.
“33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”” Mark 15:33-39
We can be sure that Jesus was and is truly the Son of God and will fulfill the rest of the feasts upon His return to the earth. There will be no question then that He is the Lamb that was slain for the sins of the world as He establishes His reign forever and ever, amen.
“9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”” Revelation 7:9-10