HOW DID YESHUA (JESUS) FULFILL THE PASSOVER?
We know that all the feasts commanded of YHVH are dress rehearsals. Passover was observed in remembrance of the past and in preparation of the future. Once Yeshua came, it gave us all the more reason to celebrate but also to know God is faithful to fulfill His promises outlined in these dress rehearsals.
Many years after the Passover in Egypt, Yohannan ben Zechariah (John the Baptist) pointed to Yeshua and proclaimed, “THIS IS THE LAMB OF GOD!”
LET’S LAY THIS OUT STEP BY STEP:
- The sacrificial lamb was a yearling. Yeshua’s ministry lasted for one year.
- On the 10thof Aviv (10th day of first month of the years) the priest would go to Bethany to get the Passover lamb. The lamb was lead back into the city through the streets with thousands singing the Hallel. (Psalms 133-118) They would wave palm branches as the lamb came past them. Yeshua rode from Bethany. On the 10th of Aviv, Yeshua rode from Bethany through Jerusalem as the people sang, praised YHVH and waved palm branches. He was on a donkey, which also fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.
- The lamb that was to be slain by the high priest was led into the temple and put on prominent display for 4 days, as it was inspected for fault or blemish. Likewise, Yeshua went on public display when he entered the temple. The Leaders questioned Him with their hardest questions for 4 days. He showed Himself to be without spot or blemish. He fulfilled Exodus 12:5.
- On the 14thof Aviv, at 9:00 am, the high priest took the lamb and ascended the altar to tie the lamb in place. At that same time on that same day, Yeshua was tied to the execution stake on Mount Moriah. Mount Moriah, where Abraham proclaimed all those years before in Genesis 22 that YHVH HIMSELF would provide the Lamb.
- At the time of the evening sacrifice for Passover, which is 3 pm, the high priest ascended the altar, cut the throat of the lamb with a knife and said the words, “IT IS FINISHED!”These are the exact words said by Yeshua at exactly 3 pm when He gave up His spirit and died as the perfect, blameless, sinless sacrifice for you and me.
- The Passover lamb was then roasted before sundown. It was roasted on an upright pomegranate stick with a cross piece to hold the lamb open. The intestines were wrapped around the head of the lamb in a crown-like fashion. This lamb was referred to as the “crowned sacrifice.”
- (Matt 27:50-53) And Yeshua cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were coming out of the tombs. After His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. We don’t have any other information from Scripture about this event. But! When Yeshua presented Himself in the heavenly tabernacle, He also presented those who came out of their graves. It was His duty as Our HIGH PRIEST to present the First Fruits.
- At the very moment the Temple High Priest waved the sheaf of the First Fruits before the Lord, OUR HIGH PRIEST, Yeshua, presented His sheaf of first fruits, HIS BLOOD, as the perfect blood sacrifice. He fulfilled the Feast of First Fruits perfectly also. (1 Cor 15:20)-23)
Just another thought to consider… When Yeshua presented those from the graves, could this explain the 24 elders Yohannan saw in the book of revelation?