Posted by: Heather | April 2, 2010

Shadows of the Messiah – Passover #4 – The Crucifixion

Exodus 12:6  And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month:  and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

Exodus 12:46  In one house it shall be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

After the chosen Passover lamb had been chosen, kept, and inspected, the final preparation day came.  Since the Jewish day runs from evening to evening (6:00 PM – 6:00 AM), Passover begins at sundown on the 14th day of the month.  So, the lamb would be prepared and offered at the time of the evening sacrifice.  There was a morning sacrifice and an evening sacrifice made daily at the Tabernacle (and Temple).  The morning sacrifice occurred at 9:00 am, and the evening at 3:00 pm.   At the time of the evening sacrifice, the paschal lamb would be killed, and its blood drained.  The Jews were unable to eat blood, because ‘the life of the flesh is in the blood’ (Leviticus 17:11).  The lamb then had to be roasted whole, and they were not allowed to break any of the bones.

In Exodus 12:7, we see that the blood of the lamb had to be taken, and applied to the door of the home.  They used a hyssop branch to apply the blood to the sides and top of the door.  This is what kept them safe in their homes when the death angel passed by as the last plague on the Egyptians.  It’s interesting to note that when the blood was applied the way God commanded it, it closely resembled the Hebrew word ‘chay’ (“kah-ee’), which means ‘alive’ and ‘life’.  They would be granted life for their household because the blood was applied!

The entire congregation of Israel participated in this Passover sacrifice by killing their own lamb for their own family.

In Mark 15, there is a rush on to have Jesus killed before the Passover begins.  No work was allowed to be done, so the crucifixion and burial had to take place before sunset.  The inspection of Christ wasn’t finished until morning of the preparation day for Passover.  Mark 15:25 states that Jesus was placed on the cross at the third hour of the day (9:00 AM).  This coincides with the time of the morning sacrifice at the temple.  At the same time the priests at the temple were making the daily morning sacrifice with an animal, Jesus was being offered as the ultimate sacrifice.  Further down in verse 33-34, darkness covered the earth at the 6th hour (noon), and remained until the 9th hour (3:00 PM).  Jesus died at the exact time of the evening sacrifice, in perfect fulfillment of the sacrificial law.   The entire congregation, both the Jews, and the Gentiles in that place, participated in the sacrifice of our Savior, both by calling for his death, and carrying it out.

It has been said that ‘Eloi, lama sabachthani?’, which is what Jesus said just before his death means ‘the deal is done’ in Hebrew.  This means that the value of the payment is equal to the value of the item(s) being purchased, when used in the marketplace.   Jesus exchanged His life for us.  To God, our value is equal to that of Jesus, His own Son!  What privileged people we are!

In total fulfillment of the Passover sacrifice, none of the lamb’s bones could be broken.  In John 19:32-36, the legs of the thieves were broken.  But, because Jesus was already dead, none of His bones were broken.

Most importantly to us as children of God is that we are allowed the choice to apply His blood to our hearts, and receive eternal life.  The blood is applied to the doorpost of our hearts when we make that choice.

When Israel applied the blood to the doorposts of their homes, and Jesus was being crucified (John 19:29), hyssop was used.  Hyssop was widely used as a cleansing agent, and in that time was also thought to repel evil spirits.  When the Israelites would ‘strike’ the door with the hyssop, it released the oils inside the plant, which had a fragrance.  Hyssop is of the mint family.  Hyssop was used by ancient people for ‘purification from sin, addictions, and destructive habits’, as well as for ‘respiratory relief, decongestant, expectorant, and repeller of evil spirits (Healing Oils of the Bible, Dr. David Stewart).  How fitting that this plant would be used along with the application of the blood of the sacrifice!   We can now come to Jesus to receive cleansing from all of these destructive things when we ask Him to apply His blood to our hearts!

We can now be whole, cleansed and redeemed!  The old hymn describes it well…’When I see the blood, I will pass over you’!!  The application of Jesus’ blood to our lives makes us free from death and hell, and gives us new life.  God bless you today!

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