I’ve written about this before, but understanding that the Jewish calendar is not a linear device always marching forward, but instead is seen as an ascending helix, a spiral staircase, where one event aligns just above another time and time again.
This is one of the things that makes the synchronicity between Passover and Jesus death so rich. John the Baptist announced Jesus as “The lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. Jesus’ death would occur on the day of Passover and, like the pascal lamb, He was the sacrifice, whose blood is the mark of salvation, for death to pass over the people who have received the seal of the blood of the lamb. No bone would be broken. No flesh would be left, all would be consumed by the grave that very day. The lamb spent 3 days in the house before being sacrificed. Jesus spent 3 years in his ministry and time of teaching in the temples throughout the land.
This was not coincidence. The date of Jesus’ death was set in ancient Egypt. The date of the arrival of the Holy Spirit was set at Mount Sinai. All dates through all of history have pointed to these events, not simply foreshadowing but prophesying in truth to the specifics. All dates since are not just remembrances and celebrations, but continue to build on this pivotal moment layer upon layer until the day when Jesus comes again in glory.
It is very easy to look down on the Jews who brought Jesus to Pilate, or even to look down and chastise or condemn Pilate himself. But in so doing, we take our eyes from the real truth. Our position in not to look down on these people, but to look up to our Lord, who
- accepted to hang on a cross so that he could pay the price of our sins and
- ascend in body into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father to
- come again in the clouds to call all believers home to paradise for all eternity
Our viewpoint or perspective for all of these events isn’t to look down on anyone else, but to drop to our knees and look up to our Lord and Savior.
God’s is just and true and accurate. God, because of the act of Jesus, declares sinners innocent, whereas Pilate declared the innocent to death.
Passover was when the pascal lamb was slaughtered in observance of the night that the angel of death passed over the people of God. This was a foreshadowing of the night that Jesus would be the sacrifice and His blood would pay the price of sin for all believers.