Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
A Passover and Easter Special, Part 3.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
False Triumphal procession of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem was that the Jews were expecting their Messiah to come to celebrate the wearing of the kings crown. The true Triumphal procession of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem was to come that He might first go to the Cross.
Thus the phrase “The Jews were expecting the crown before the cross,” while Jesus came to seek and save those who were lost.
1. The year our Lord was crucified there was a double Passover which actually portrayed the work of Christ on the Cross with emphasis on redemption. All may come to know Him, and the power behind His resurrection.
This no mere coincidence that our Lord was sacrificed on Passover – the apostle Paul tells us in 1CO 5:7b, For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
Passover = the deliverance of the Hebrew people from the “destroyer” that passed over their blood-sprinkled homes as He visited the homes of the Egyptians, taking the lives of the firstborn of every family.
The blood put on their doorposts was from a sacrificial lamb. Christ Who in JOH 1:29 is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
The double Feasts of Passover speaks of the death of the lamb, and TLJC, (a double reference) as well the double death(s) of our Lord, which were spiritual and then natural. For He died spiritually first, which was separation from God the Father, MAT 27:46; ROM 6:23, then after that, He died a spiritual death, He then died physically, JOH 19:30.
JOH 19:30, When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” (His spiritual death) And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit (natural death.)
One Passover took place before the crucifixion, (JOH 13:1-2; MAT 26:18), the second one took place after the crucifixion, (JOH 18:28).
2. The Feast of Unleavened Bread which normally lasted seven days but this year during the Holy week, when our Lord died it was only a three day feast and it pointed to the burial of TLJC and His person. Unleavened bread portrayed the Hypostatic Union of TLJC,
JOH 6:35, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
He was also born in Bethlehem which in the Hebrew means the “House of Bread.” Unleavened bread emphasizes the impeccability of the humanity of Christ and therefore His qualification to be our sin offering.
Our Lord was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, in which the unique three days of the Feast represented our Lord’s death, (MAT 12:40).
MAT 12:40, for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Our Lord fulfilled the exact message of each Jewish Feasts on the exact day that God instituted the Feasts to be observed. He suffered and died on the exact day of the date of the Passover, and He was raised from the dead the exact day of the unique three-day Feast of unleavened bread that spoke of His death and burial.
The Feast of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of First-Fruits, and the Feast of Pentecost–were all fulfilled on the exact day of the first Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. The 14th of Nisan (April 14), spoke of the Passover Supper and also the Last Supper.
2. The 15 of Nisan (April 15), spoke of the Feast of Unleavened Bread or the Crucifixion.
3. The 17th of Nisan (April 17), spoke of the Feast of Firstfruits – the Resurrection.
4. The 16th of Sivan (June 16), the Feast of Pentecost of – the Giving of the HS.
1. Passover = Crucifixion
2. Unleavened Bread = Burial
3. First Fruits = Resurrection
4. Pentecost = Giving of the Holy Spirit.
Four coincidences are hard to explain away, especially when each one is so completely appropriate to its purpose. And there are actually three more Feasts left.
Precisely fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits, the day the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead, 120 disciples were gathered “together in one place” to await the promise of Christ.
They no longer wanted the crown before the cross, they just simply wanted the crown immediately AFTER the cross.
Martus meaning one willing to give up his life for himself, for the Lord, and for others, or reference is made to witnessing in the juridical sense as in the Angelic conflict.
After our Lord ascended into Heaven and then was seated at the right hand of God the Father, the Holy Spirit was sent on guess what feast? The Feast of Pentecost. They would be baptized with the H.S., and on the sixth day of Sivan (our June) the Holy Spirit manifested Himself and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with tongues.
It is no coincidence that on the same day of Pentecost in which God appeared to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai and revealed to man a new relationship based upon His sacred Law, the Mosaic Law, that He again revealed to man a new relationship based on the H.S.
The next feast to come is the Feast of Trumpets.
The gap between Pentecost and the Feast of Trumpets is six months. This time gap represented the mystery age of the Church during which the royal family is being called out. The Feast of Trumpets could have a double meaning, it could bring in the Rapture and it represents the termination of the fifth cycle of discipline to Israel and the regathering of Israel at the Second Advent.
The final three feasts, the Feast of Trumpets, the Feast of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles–will be fulfilled at the Second advent of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Feast of Trumpets LEV 23:23-24, (mid-September or October on our calendar) portrays the Rapture.