Palm Sunday is now past. This was the annual celebrationÂ remembering theÂ historic entry of JesusÂ Christ into Jerusalem over two thousand years ago, approximately 30 AD.
At that time, the Jews were celebrating the Passover. This was theÂ celebrationÂ of their release from 400 years of Egyptian bondage by a Pharaoh who “knew not Joseph.” It occured after the tenth and final plague caused Pharaoh to cast them out of Egypt. That plague was known as the “death of the firstborn.”
TheÂ firstborn son in every household diedÂ if the blood of the passover lamb was not covering the door posts when the angel of death “passed over” as demanded by God. Scripture tells us that the firstborn son of every household in Egypt died that night, from the slave in the dungeon to the palace of Pharaoh himself. You can read about it in Genesis 11-12.
Fifteen hundred years later, as the JewsÂ celebrated Passover, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,Â enteredÂ the capital cityÂ right along with the paschal lambs that were being shepherded into Jerusalem to be sacrificed for the Passover feast.
This timing was not coincidental. And just as the Jews would once again sacrifice the lamb without spot or blemish in celebration and remembrance of Passover, Jesus Christ would be sacrificed on our behalf by the religious leaders.
The Passover lamb in Egypt would set the Hebrew peopleÂ free from physical bondage while the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha would set us free from spiritual bondage.
Remember Him this week as those of us in the body of Christ celebrate Resurrection Sunday. John 1:29 “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”