Jesus Christ Our Passover
THE EIGHTH AND NINTH OF NISAN
Now letís count back six (6) days to the eighth of Nisan, a Thursday, and then proceed chronologically forward throughout this study. Going to Godís Word:
John 12: 1 and 2 -- Then Jesus six days before the Passover [the slaying of the lamb on the fourteenth] came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
This took place six days before the Passover on the 14th Ė on the 8th of Nisan and early in the evening on the 9th of Nisan. Remember, a new day began at sunset. Jesus Christ came to Bethany on a Thursday, the 8th of Nisan and stayed with Lazarus and a few others for supper. This sets the time and event for the beginning of our research.
The fact that Jesus recently raised Lazarus from the dead caused quite a stir in Bethany and Jerusalem. Many then believed in Jesus Christ, but the unbelievers became more determined to have Jesus Christ put to death. Here is a detailed record of the unjust and totally insane conspiracy and persecution that Jesus Christ was up against. There are people like this today. Iíve had to face up to them myself. Pray for them and then get rid of them Ė quick-like. Donít ever feel sorry for a devil spirit(s). They will Ďmelt your faceí the first chance they get. Remember.
John 11: 45 to 53 Ė Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council [the Sanhedrin], and said, What do we? For this man doeth many miracles.
If we let him thus alone, all men† will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
And one of them, named† Caiphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
And not for that nation only, but that also he shall gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
These were the respected religious leaders who were conspiring with the high priest of Israel to kill Jesus Christ due to jealousy, envy and fear. They were inspired and possessed by Satan and his host of devil spirits. Little did Satan know the surprise God had in store for him on the day of Pentecost regarding the mystery. The enemy can blind people so badly, who refuse to believe, that they will walk in vehement opposition to the true God whom they claim to serve. There is almost nothing worse than religious people. Do you know any? Suit and tie, Bible, and no knowledge of it. Get rid of them.
I have done some work for you with the above Scriptures. Now we need to work together. You donít want to become a spiritual hitchhiker so read the next four (4) verses on your own before you continue.
See John 11: 54 to 57
Notice that Jesus Christ didnít hang around these idiots. He went off into the wilderness to a different city to continue working the Word of God with his disciples. The chief priests and Pharisees still sought him out diligently and made an attempt to get the people to help them find Jesus Christ.
Here was Jesus Christ, public enemy number one and he never did anything but Godís Will and helped people. Because of the circumstances, people were not certain that he would come to Jerusalem to the Passover. He did go to Bethany for supper even though it was close to where the danger was lurking. Lazarus was present at the meal and so were his sisters, Martha and Mary. At this emotional time, there were also other disciples present. The love of God among them was great and the danger was imminent. The events of this supper are significant and are recorded in Godís Word.
John 12: 1 to 3 Ė Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with odour of the ointment.
Mary acted with deep gratitude when she used this expensive ointment to anoint Jesus. In the East, this act was observed when crowning a king and when priests were dedicated. Oil symbolized the presence of God and the anointing was a sign that God was setting this person apart. Jesus Christ was the Messiah, the anointed one, the king. By wiping Christís feet with her hair, she expressed great humility, for in the East, a womanís hair was her glory. Of course, there seems to always be someone present to criticize the act of humility, honor, love, and kindness.
See John 12: 4 to 6
Guess who objected?! The value of the ointment was 300 pence. Judas was the treasurer for the disciples and was a thief who stole money from the treasury. But Jesus Christ who perceived Judasí weakness, spoke up and reproved him.
John 12: 7 and 8 Ė Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
For the poor always ye have with you, but me ye have not always.
After this reproving of Judas, the account returns to the topic of the chief priests.
John 12: 9 to 11 Ė Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesusí sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
Can you imagine this? Because Jesus Christ raised Lazarus from the dead and was a testimony of the power of the true God who directed Jesus Christís every move, these chief priests, operated and controlled by devil spirits, wanted Lazarus dead also.
Letís take a moment to clear up some confusion regarding what people call "Palm Sunday" a teaching that is NOT in accordance with Godís Word.
John 12: 12 and 13 Ė On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is† the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
This is a Friday, the ninth [9th] of Nisan and was the day that was Christís first entry into Jerusalem. Tradition teaches he made one entry into Jerusalem and this also is not in accordance with the Scriptures. The Word of God states that his first entry was on a Friday, the 9th, and his second entry was on Saturday, the 10th, in blessing.
The three (3) gospels of John, Luke, and Mark record the first entry on Friday, the ninth of Nisan. You need to read these three (3) records before moving on. Here are the Scripture references for all three Gospels documenting this event:
John 12: 12 to 19 An account of this identical entry is also found in:
Luke 19: 29 to 44 Even more detail is provided in:
Mark 11: 1 to 11
These three records compliment each other with no contradiction. They are individual records documenting an identical event Ė the first entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The only animal mentioned in these accounts is an assís colt. In Eastern culture, this was indicative of judgement.
See Judges 5: 10, 10: 3 and 4, 12: 13 and 14
The reason Jesus Christ requested this specific animal, an assís colt, is because he rode into Jerusalem to judge as the representative of his Father, who is the Supreme Judge, God. Some people teach that Jesus Christ wanted an ass to ride and sent his disciples to take a colt away from the first man they saw. Would Godís Son help himself to anyoneís private property? Under Eastern culture, he had a perfect right to request such an animal.
In the East, animals were donated to the Temple for Godís service and were kept in a special place. They were usually on the outskirts of town and were to be used by any holy man in service to the Lord, as they were gifts to God according to Biblical culture.
Mark 11: 2 Ė And [Jesus] saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
"Whereon never man sat" was an expression dealing with ownership meaning that the animal was consecrated for God. It was Godís property, not to be used for manís work. As Mark 11: 3 clearly states all that a man had to do was to say that the animal was needed in the service of the Lord and the keeper would release the animal.
See Mark 11: 4 to 7
The record in Luke 19: 29 to 35 is identical to this record. John 12: 1 and 12 show that this happened the day after the sixth [6th] day before the Passover. Letís go back to the record in Mark 11.
Mark 11: 8 and 9 Ė And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them† in the way.
And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is† he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
It was a custom then for people to spread their mantles before the king as he passed by as a display of great honor and esteem.
II Kings 9: 13 Ė Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it† under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king.
In Mark 11: 8 and John 12: 13, we see the crowd cutting down palm branches and "strawed them in the way." The palm branches represented joy and triumph. Multitudes of people gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and when they heard that Christ was coming, they went out of the city enthusiastically to greet him.
See Luke 19: 37 and 38
At the time of Jesus Christís first entry into Jerusalem, the disciples who witnessed Lazarus being raised from the dead spread this news to the people who were in Jerusalem.
John 12: 17 and 18 Ė The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.
For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.
But there were more than just well-wishers and curiosity-seekers attracted to the road in Jerusalem that day.
Luke 19: 39 and 40 Ė And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples [from making such joyous commotion].
And he [Jesus] answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
The "stones crying out" is a figure of speech called personification Ė giving inanimate objects human characteristics. The excitement in the crowd was electrifying because the common people really loved Jesus.
John 12: 19 Ė The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.
The Pharisees were overcome with jealousy because of Jesus Christ Ė the miracle worker.
Jesus Christ wept greatly as he overlooked the city of Jerusalem and he prophesied of her destruction.
Luke 19: 41 Ė And when he [Jesus] was come near, he beheld the city, and wept [wailed aloud] over it.
See Luke 19: 42 to 44
That word "visitation" in verse 44 is episkope† in the Greek and it means "inspection, overlooking," as in judgement. The people of Jerusalem did not realize that this was the day that Jesus Christ would assess and pass judgement. This was the significance of his first entry into the city.
Mark 11: 11 Ė And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
This concludes the first entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. This was a Friday, the ninth [9th] of Nisan, five days before the Passover. At the end of the day, after Jesus Christ passed the judgement of Jerusalem's destruction, he "looked round about on all things" in the Temple, and returned to Bethany with his apostles where he was abiding at this time. Multitudes had joined Jesusí disciples on that great day. However, the religious leaders were angry and determined to rid themselves of what they believed was a serious threat to their religious beliefs and traditions. Jesus Christ boldly entered Jerusalem and the Temple in judgement despite death threats from the religious leaders. With this day, the most tumultuous and unusual week in history began to unfold.