Crucifixion of Jesus
Passover is not only a holy celebration in Judaism, it is one of the essential elements in Christianity, the climax of the life of Jesus Christ. It was during the holy Jewish feast when many of the events that led to Jesus crucifixion took place. The Son of Man was betrayed by Judas, arrested, crucified, and resurrected. The timing of these events was not a surprise in any way to the Son of God. He knew what was going to occur and what God was asking of Him. Preparations were being made and completed in order to fulfill the will of God which would include the crucifixion of Jesus. This was a sacrifice of the Lamb of God, allowing individuals the opportunity to seek salvation and redemption through the love and grace of God through his Son. Test current Biblical knowledge of Passover with this Bible quiz.
The history of this Jewish celebration is relative to the importance of this time when the crucifixion of Jesus took place. The celebration of Passover is a celebration of the exodus from Egypt by the Israelites led by Moses. The Israelites had been enslaved by the Pharaoh. When Pharaoh refused to comply with Moses' pleas to release the Jewish slaves, God sent ten plagues on the people of Egypt. The last of the plagues sent by God promised death for the first born of all those who had not marked their doors with lambs blood. As death came to the eldest sons of individuals who defied this command, the blood of the lambs allowed death to pass over the homes of the Israelites who did obey. Shortly after the Israelites fled from the Egyptian forces under Moses' leadership. The historic time is filled with events which showed the great magnitude of the power of God and His ability to do marvelous things. For example, Moses was able to part the Red Sea with the help of God. The occurrences during this first celebration of the holy feast were still observed 3,000 years later when the Lamb of God was sacrificed to cover the sins of the world.
Much like the lamb's blood that was used to save the Israelites from the plague, sent by God, to take the life of the first born sons, Jesus became the Lamb of God when He was crucified on Calvary. The Son of God was sent with a divine mission to fulfill. Gods plan took shape within a short time after the Passover meal that the Savior of the world shared with His Disciples. He was arrested and crucified to take the sins of the world upon shoulders that were the only ones able to bear such a burden. The crucifixion of Jesus climaxed a very detailed and intricately planned operation that would allow for the atonement of sins through the fulfillment of God's plan to send His Son to die for our sins. These things were even shown much earlier than the time that our Saviour lived in the stories and books of the Old Testament. For more information about the Bible, visit these Bible resources.
Even though the death of the Christ climaxed the Plan of God, the body of the Messiah, which had lain in a borrowed tomb, experienced an even greater climax. On the third day, an earthquake and other strange occurrences led to the discovery of the resurrection of the victorious Messiah. It was at this time, which coincided with the Passover feast, that the Plan of Salvation was fulfilled and complete. The resurrection of the Christ is the evidence that He is the Son of God. It also becomes the example of how, in the end, those who have accepted Christ will live, even beyond physical death, because they have been faithful servants and witnesses of his birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection. "And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain" (1 Corinthians 15:14).
Jesus took the sins of humanity upon Himself when He was arrested, tortured, crucified and resurrected during the high holy days. This plan, laid out by God, allowed individuals to come to know God by salvation through Jesus Christ and Jesus crucifixion and resurrection. Understanding faith and redemption can only be done by hearing and understanding this true tale of heroic sacrifice and love that was provided by God and the crucifixion of Jesus, His Son, the Lamb of God at the time of Passover. There is no way to explain the measure of love and honor that comes with this gift that has been provided to all people. Jesus came, as a gift to the world. By preaching to people, healing the sick, and performing miracles, God's love was shown to mankind, no matter where He was or who He was with. The Son of God became human to suffer and die for the sins of the world, not for glory and honor, but to give Himself so that humans, much like the ones who mocked and beat the physical body, would have the chance to live eternally in His kingdom. The crucifixion of Jesus is a vital part of Christianity and salvation.
Sovereignty Of GodThe sovereignty of God is a topic that is much discussed and debated between theologians and lay persons alike today, as people try to make sense of their lives and discover the purposes of God Almighty. Many people both inside the Christian community and out, wonder if the Lord is truly in control of all events, or not, and how much control He exercises at any given moment or circumstance. Based on scripture and our own familiarity with human nature, we know that men and women have a free will and exercise that free will quite frequently. But, how does our intent and actions line up with the will of a sovereign Lord? A study of scripture will begin to open the doors of this mystery and allow us to look deep inside the mind and desire of God, getting a better understanding of what the Lord has designed for our lives and how each of us is to respond to His will.
Throughout the Old Testament and New, the Lord has made it clear that He has a plan for mankind and this plan includes directing the lives of individuals, as well. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end" (Jeremiah 29:11). Through this passage, the Lord not only teaches us that in sovereignty, He has already prepared an ending for our lives, but that His plan will be one of peace and goodness. We are to gain comfort and relief in knowing that the Lord has our best interest at heart.
To begin to understand sovereignty and how this mighty supreme power works in a world seemingly full of chaos, one must first look into Scriptures that explain God's purpose for creating the world and creating mankind. "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him" (Colossians 1:16). Everything: every man, woman, child, lady bug, and lion have been created for God. "Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him" (Isaiah 43:7). This passage teaches us that the purpose of creation is to bring glory to God. And, there are scriptures that teach that the sovereignty of God will come to pass. "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it will accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11). In summation, we can see from Scripture that our Lord has created the world for Himself, for the purpose of bringing glory to the throne, and the Lord will see to it that this plan comes to fruition. For more important issues like God's authority, love and wisdom visit our Bible resources.
We all know that there are times when we each make decisions outside the will of our Creator. Who has not experienced the consequences of bad choices? We know from Scripture that we all sin and fall short of the glory that God has set before us. There are scriptures that help us to understand that though the Lord is in complete control of all things, we are not puppets on a string. Man's will and the sovereignty of God seem to intersect, and ultimately this intersection takes place on cross where God's son is crucified in order to reconcile man to God. In a complete act of powerful sovereignty, the Word explains that the Lord uses man's plans and schemes to further the Lord's purpose. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). We further learn that the Lord seems to allow man to make choices outside of the perfect plan in order for the objects of the Lord's affections to come to an appreciation of mercy. "For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all" (Romans 11:32).
We can find comfort in knowing that the Lord not only has a plan for the world, but also for individuals, as well. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10). There are many more scriptures that teach of God's sovereignty in the individual lives of those He calls children of God. In searching the Scriptures, we not only discover the Lord's moral will for all people, but we also discover that through prayer and Bible study, we will begin to see the paths that He has chosen for each individual. And, through it all we find more about a loving God who has our eternal futures firmly within his grasp. To start the journey of discovering the sovereignty of God, take the quiz above.