The Passover Lamb

Matthew 26:17-19

Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?"

And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples."'"

So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.


It was the Last Supper.

The location had been prearranged.

Two disciples were to find a certain man who had set aside a large upper room for the purpose.

Jesus told them how they would recognize the man: "Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him." (Mark 14:13)

Generally, women carried water jars, so a man with a water jar would stand out.

It was no doubt a man whom Jesus knew and whom the disciples would recognize.

He would let them into the room so they could make preparations for the feast.


The Lord Jesus Christ was committed to keeping the Passover.

He came to fulfill all righteousness, which is the law of God.

One element of the law of God was keeping the Passover.

The Lord Jesus Christ had an intense desire to keep the Passover with His disciples.


The Feast of Unleavened Bread lasted one week, from the 15th to 21st of Nisan as prescribed in the OT.

Passover was celebrated on the 14th.

Those two celebrations were so connected in the minds of the people that they often referred to the entire 8 day period as the Feast of Unleavened Bread or Passover.


The Passover celebrated God’s deliverance of Israel out of 400 years of bondage in Egypt.

God told the people of Israel to kill a spotless lamb and put its blood on the doorposts and the crosspiece of their homes.

When the angel of death came to kill all the firstborn in Egypt, he would see the blood and pass over that house.

When the firstborn were killed, the Pharaoh sent Israel out of Egypt, and God ultimately delivered them.

So the celebration of the Passover commemorated the sacrificial lamb whose blood enabled Israel to escape the judgment of God.

It became a symbol of Jesus, God’s Passover Lamb, whose blood enables one to escape the eternal judgment of God.


The Passover was a very dramatic time of year for the nation of Israel.

They were brought face to face with their sin and reminded that an innocent lamb had to die to atone for their sins.

Thousands upon thousands of lambs were slaughtered for millions of people, yet all combined couldn’t take away one sin.

Yet in one sacrifice, the Lord Jesus Christ did what all the lambs, goats, and bulls could never do: He took away sin forever.


Unleavened bread doesn’t rise because it contains no yeast.

When Israel came out of Egypt, God told the people not to take leavened bread because leaven represented influence.

God was telling them that He didn’t want them to take any part of their Egyptian life and implant it into their new life.

He was delivering them from their past and starting a new people in a new land.

The symbol of that was the unleavened bread.


Passover always took place on the 14th of Nisan.

So from one year to the next it would fall on a different day of the week.

In the year our Lord was crucified, the Passover fell on a Friday.

We can be sure it was Friday because Mark 15:42 says, "It was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath."

The Sabbath is Saturday.

The Jewish people referred to Friday as the day of preparation because that was the day they prepared for the Sabbath.

Since the people couldn’t work or prepare meals on the Sabbath, the day before was important.


The Lord Jesus Christ was being tried before Pilate on "the Preparation Day of the Passover." (John 19:14)

Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should 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. (John 19:31)

The Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on Friday, the day before the Sabbath.

So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby. (John 19:42)


The Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples killed their lamb on Thursday and eat the Passover meal on Thursday evening.

The Judeans and Sadducees didn't begin their Passover day festivities until late on Thursday and wouldn't kill their lambs until the prescribed time of day on Friday.

Jesus had to die on Friday afternoon between three and five o’clock because that was when the Judean Passover lambs would be killed.


God rules history and all tradition and customs to bring about the minute fulfillment of His perfect plan.

Jesus had to keep the Passover to fulfill all righteousness, instruct His disciples, and give them a new memorial feast.

Yet He had to die as the Passover Lamb.

He did both because God controls history.


Francis R. Barbour said...

It is obvious from this posting that you are aware that Yahshua and The Twelve Apostles were [in fact] celebrating 'The Passover'... and it is equally true that you fully realize that 'The Passover Lamb' fully symbolized Yahshua - The Messiah who died for all of our sins.

That being the case, Why don't celebrate 'The Passover' [which is commanded by Yahweh Himself]; rather than 'Easter' [which is entirely Pagan in its origins]?

In point of fact, All Of Yahweh's Feasts were pointing to Yahshua [His Son]! Tabernacles [God Dwelling With Us], Trumpets [Heralding His Coming], Atonement [Salvation Through Yahshua], and Pentacost [The Indwelling Of His Spirit Within Us], etc.... While: Christmas, Easter, Lent, etc... are all factually Pagan in their origins.

Not picking, just curious....