PASSION WEEK

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The setting is Jerusalem and the time is about 2,000 years ago. All the Jews living in Jerusalem have chosen a lamb for the upcoming Passover feast. Additionally, thousands of Jews who live in other parts of Israel have traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. In a few days all the families will slaughter their lamb and prepare it as part of the traditional Passover meal. This is the celebration of their ancestors release from 400 years of slavery in Egypt. It is celebrated every year.

Each family fondly remembers when Moses was called by God to lead His people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land—Israel. The tenth plague that God brought upon Egypt was the curse of death for each first-born son in all of the land. Each Israeli family was instructed to slaughter a lamb and place blood of the lamb on the front doorposts of their home. That evening, when the angel of death visited Egypt to kill each first-born son, the angel “passed over” each home with the blood of the lamb on the doorpost.

At daybreak the Egyptian families were horrified to learn that their first-born children were dead. The Pharaoh himself lost a son. This was the plague that broke the Pharaoh’s stubbornness and caused him to release the Israeli slaves. So the Jews loaded up their belongings, left Egypt, and headed toward the Promised Land.

Now—back to the setting in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at Passover. While each Jewish family chose a lamb for Passover; another Lamb had entered the city for this most precious feast—this was the Lamb of God—Jesus Christ. This Passover celebration would culminate with the most historic event in the history of mankind. As each family slaughtered their lambs for their Passover meal, a powerful contingent of Jewish leaders convinced the Romans to slaughter Jesus Christ. This crucifixion of the Jewish Messiah, the Son of God, ushered in the new covenant between God and man.

At this Passover, the blood of the Lamb of God was shed to cover each broken soul that would enter heaven. The blood associated with this sacrifice was so powerful that it covered all the saints—past, present, and future—that would prove faithful to our Creator. Jesus’ blood will cause the wrath of God the Father to “pass over” each Christian on Judgment Day, allowing each special soul to enter the Promised Land of heaven.

How am I so sure that this is true? Because Jesus rose from the grave on the third day following His slaughter—proving that He truly is God in the flesh. Jesus’ blood is the only way to get to heaven. He loves each one of us and wants us to place our faith in Him. I urge you to choose Jesus today and begin your journey to an eternity in heaven!