Palm Sunday, Passover and The Passion of Christ

Then, six days before the Passover…” “…a great multitude…took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORDI The King of Israel” (John 12:1, 12-13)!

So what is this all about?

Palm Sunday :

Recalling when numerous people came to pay homage to the King of kings as He rode into Jerusalem.

Passover:

Celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage for 400 years. God broke Pharaoh for his hardness of heart. When the angel of death passed over the Jewish homes and saw the sacrificed blood sprinkled on the door-posts, he would pass over those homes. But the Egyptians were not spared (Exodus 12:22, 23).

The blood that was spilled by the sacrifice that God required from the Israelites was to be a picture of the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, who would voluntarily have His blood shed for the forgiveness of mankind’s sins (Hebrews 9, 10) some 1450 years later. Without His sacrifice there could be no forgiveness of sins and mankind would forever be doomed to a hopeless and hell-bound eternity. This is why Jesus shed His blood for our sins.

Here’s the full picture in a nutshell: The King of this universe, Jesus Christ, leaves heaven’s glory to come to earth and give His life as a sacrifice for many. When God sees the blood of the Lamb of God (Jesus) applied to the believing individual, He passes over (“Passover”) him without judging Him. The judgment of my sin was already meted out against the sinless Lamb of God. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

Once and for all trust only in the sacrifice of Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Nothing or nobody else can atone for your sins. [His sacrifice was a once-and-for-all sacrifice (Greek: ἅπαξ – hapax), never to be repeated over and over again] He will pass over your condemnation and give you everlasting life!

Are you saved?

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