Biblical Concept: Easter Weekend

Introduction:

The title Easter is inappropriate for describing the Passover activities of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

“Easter” comes from the Old English eastre which was taken from the Old Germanic austron a dawn-goddess whose holiday was celebrated at the vernal (rising / Spring) equinox.

 

The smell of Sulphur abounds.

 

The Timing:

God chose the time of events of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to coincide with the religious Jewish feast of Passover.  That is: the Passover of the death Angel just prior to the liberation of the Jewish People from Egypt (Exodus 12:14, 12:27).  

Exodus 12:14 'Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.

Exodus 12:27 that you shall say, 'It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.'" And the people bowed low and worshiped.

The Weekend:

Friday: God’s Friday. Death Friday. Cross Friday. Crucifixion Friday. 

John 19:14-16 14 Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, "Behold, your King!"  15 They therefore cried out, "Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar." 16 So he then delivered Him to them to be crucified.

Saturday: God’s Saturday, Spiritual Victory Saturday. Holy Saturday.

Hebrews 2:14-15 14 Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

1 Peter 3:18-22   18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;  19 in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison,  20 who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.  21 And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you-- not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience-- through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

Sunday: God’s Sunday. Resurrection Sunday.

John 20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb.

John 20:6-9 6 Simon Peter therefore also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he beheld the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the face-cloth, which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself.  8 So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb entered then also, and he saw and believed.  9 For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.

Addendum:

The Passover of Christ

·       The Passover of Christ is a remembrance ceremony started by our Lord - Matthew 26:17-30. (references below)

·       Christ is our Passover sacrifice - 1 Corinthians 5:7.

·       Key elements of  Israel’s Passover are remembered in the Passover of Christ : “The Passover lamb” = Jesus’ sinless life (1 Peter 1:19), “the slaughter” = the Cross of Christ (Philippians 2:8), “Passover blood” = the covering of sin (Matthew 26:28), “unleavened bread” = Jesus’ sinless life (1 Corinthians 5:7-8), “to go forth” = resurrection (Matthew 26:29) and “a permanent memorial” = “as often as” in the Lord’s Supper in: 1 Corinthians 11:25b and 26a.

 

Matthew 26:17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?" 18 And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ' The Teacher says," My time is at hand; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples. "'" 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover. 20 Now when evening had come, He was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. 21 And as they were eating, He said, "Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me." 22 And being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to Him, "Surely not I, Lord?" 23 And He answered and said, "He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. 24 "The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born." 25 And Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" He *said to him, "You have said it yourself." 26 And while they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. 29 "But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." 30 And after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

1 Corinthians 5:7 Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

1 Peter 1:19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

Philippians 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Matthew 26:28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.

1 Corinthians 5:7 Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Matthew 26:29 "But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."

1 Corinthians 11:25 In the same way He took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.

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