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Rare Bear: Holy Week 3

FIVE IMPORTANT THINGS OCCURRED AS JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS

The first was the death of a lamb. At twilight, at the start of the ninth hour, the First Passover lamb was slaughtered in the Temple. 

Jesus, at that time, was declining a sponge filled with sour wine, giving up the host, and dying. Until that special moment, he had still been hosting the Last Supper. There were four cups of wine at the Passover Feast. However, only three cups were consumed before Jesus abruptly broke off the feast and headed to the Mount of Olives and the Garden. The four cups recalled the four promises of God to Moses. In Exodus 6:6-7, God promises to “bring you out”, “rescue you”, “redeem you” and “take you as my people.”  As the fourth cup was offered on a sponge, Jesus refused it, saying, “It is finished,” meaning the Passover Meal and His work were finished, and then he died.

As he was dying, the Graves were opened and the dead roamed the streets.  A sign that the dead in Christ would rise.

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And, the veil in the Temple, the veil that shielded the Ark of the Covenant, was miraculously torn from the top downwards, dropping to unveil the Ark.  And as the veil was torn away, a new way was open to God. Jesus, the man on the cross, had shed His blood as the last sacrifice; the one “true and sufficient” sacrifice, according to Hebrews 10:10, that allows all who believe in Him to enjoy forgiveness and enter into a relationship with God forever.

And as he died, the seamless garment that he wore was auctioned off. Such an item was only worn by the High Priest at the time of Passover. In fact, the High Priest was not fit to serve without it.  And so Jesus served – not only as the Lamb of Sacrifice but also as the High Priest who offers the Lamb of Sacrifice.


THE LAMB

Before he made the world
God slew a lamb.
He slew it first
Before he made a man.
Before he hung the stars in space
Before he put the world in place
God slew a lamb
For Adam’s race.

And through the years
Of Sin and Man
The world has asked
Where is that Lamb?
Oh yes, it’s there
The Truth you knew;
God is the Lamb
He slew for you.

Rev.C.J.  Barry Kentner

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