There are interesting details involving the crucifixion of Christ and the Passover lamb. Jesus died as the lambs for the Passover meal were being slain. Not a bone was to be broken in these sacrificial lambs (Ex. 12:46; Num. 9:12). Jesus, the Lamb of God, was the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world (1 Cor. 5:7). The lamb was without blemish. Jesus was examined and found without blemish (Mat 21:23; 27:1-2; 11-14; 17-26; Luke 3:2; John 11:49-53). The lamb was a male of the first year. Jesus was the firstborn Son of God. The lamb was set aside for four days on the tenth of Nisan. Jesus entered Jerusalem and the temple on public display for four days on the tenth of Nisan. The lamb was killed between the evenings at 3:00 P.M. Jesus died in the seventh hour, 3:00 P.M. (Mark 15:33-37). The blood of the lamb applied to the door saved the Israelites’ firstborn. The blood of Christ saves us.

Finally, according to Jewish tradition, during the Passover time, a sign hung on each lamb’s neck, bearing the name of its owner. Jesus was crucified with a sign hung over His head that revealed the name of His Father. Studies have shown that the sign over Jesus was a Tetragrammaton (a message that was commonly written using only the first letter of each word). The phrase “Jesus of Nazareth and King of the Jews” was written in three languages on a sign above Jesus as He hung on the cross (John 19:19). The Hebrew initials for “Jesus of Nazareth and King of the Jews” was YHWH. This is the Hebrew name of God. If this is true, then the name of the Father was shown above the Lamb. This adds to the reason why the priest asked Pilate to change the writing to “I am King of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written” (John 19: 21-22). It is written that Jesus, God’s Lamb, is our Passover sacrificed from us.

Darrell Wallace


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