For “Scripture Sunday”: Sorry late again, as it is Monday today.
“His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.
The festival of Passover and the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread that followed it were important annual feasts that brought thousands to Jerusalem. Joseph and Mary brought their family to the festivals every year, and this passage gives a rare glimpse of Jesus’ childhood.
The Passover serves as a major milestone throughout the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, and it remains a meaningful festival for the Church of God today. For more about the Passover, see below: “Passover: What Did Jesus Do for You?”
Passover: What Did Jesus Do for You?
Jesus knew what He would face: “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified” (Matthew 26:2).
“Just before His betrayal and crucifixion, Jesus asked His disciples to prepare for His final Passover (Matthew 26:18-20). This evening, commemorated since the time of the Exodus from Egypt, involved the sacrifice of an unblemished lamb whose blood protected the Israelites while the firstborn of the Egyptians were slain (Exodus 12:5-7, 12-14). The New Testament makes clear that this lamb represented Jesus Christ. As John the Baptist had announced about Jesus, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
This last Passover was special, and Jesus taught His disciples new elements that would become the basis of the New Testament Passover service.
First, Jesus Christ set the example of love and service through washing His disciples’ feet (John 13:4-13). Then He told them, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15).
Rest of article at: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/plan-of-salvation/passover/
Why Jesus Had to Die
“Why did the only Being who has ever lived a perfect human life have to experience such a horrible death? An often-overlooked festival of God helps us understand the deep significance of Christ’s crucifixion for our lives.
[From the March/April 2014 issue of Discern.]
Thousands of Jesus Christ’s countrymen had crowded into Jerusalem for the Passover festival—one of the most important events of the year. Jesus had warned His disciples that He was going to Jerusalem to be killed; but not understanding or believing, they chided Him for saying something like that!
Yet it was all happening just as He—and the Old Testament prophets—had predicted. The only truly innocent Man in history, Jesus the Christ, was falsely arrested, unjustly tried and sentenced to a horrific scourging and death.
His blood, like that of the Passover lambs that symbolized His sacrifice, would be shed during this momentous festival.
A terrible death
The Roman soldier assigned to scourge Jesus before His crucifixion had to be extraordinarily callous. After all, viciously flogging someone with a leather whip entwined with chunks of metal and bone designed to rip open the victim’s flesh is simply heartless. His job wasn’t to actually kill the person. He was to torture, to inflict excruciating pain prior to the victim’s ultimate suffering—being nailed to a stake to die a slow death.
He knew the signs of a victim nearing death; so just short of killing Jesus, he stopped the scourging. Yet he had inflicted so much pain and trauma that Jesus was too weak to carry His wooden stake the entire way to “the Place of a Skull,” where He would spend His final agonizing hours nailed to the instrument of shame. So the soldiers compelled a surrogate—a Cyrenian named Simon—to carry the beam (compare John 19:16-17; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26).” Rest of article at: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/plan-of-salvation/passover/why-jesus-had-to-die/
What does the Bible really say about the timeline of events for Jesus' death?
Jesus Christ ate an evening Passover meal with His disciples (at the beginning of Nisan 14, Jewish reckoning) and instituted the New Covenant symbols (Matthew 26:26-28). Jesus was then betrayed by Judas, arrested and during the night brought before the high priest.
Jesus was crucified and died around 3 p.m. (Matthew 27:46-50). This was the preparation day for the annual —not weekly—Sabbath, which began at sunset (Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:31). Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb just before sunset (Matthew 27:57-60).
Thursday ~ High Sabbath
This was the high-day Sabbath, the first day of the biblical Feast of Unleavened Bread (John 19:31; Leviticus 23:4-7). It is described as the day after the “Day of Preparation”(Matthew 27:62). Wednesday night and the daylight portion of Thursday were the first of three days and nights Jesus’ body was in the tomb.
The high-day annual Sabbath now past, the women bought and prepared spices for anointing Jesus’ body before resting on the weekly Sabbath day, which began at Friday sunset (Mark 16:1; Luke 23:56). Thursday night and the daylight portion of Friday marked the second of three days and nights Jesus’ body was entombed.
Saturday ~ Weekly Sabbath
The women rested on the weekly Sabbath day, according to the Fourth Commandment (Luke 23:56; Exodus 20:8-11). Jesus rose near sunset, exactly three days and three nights after His body was placed in the tomb, fulfilling the sign of Jonah and authenticating the sign He gave of His messiahship.
The women brought the prepared spices early in the morning while it was still dark (Luke 24:1; John 20:1). Jesus had already risen (Matthew 28:1-6; Mark 16:2-6; Luke 24:2-3; John 20:1). He did not rise on Sunday morning, but near sunset the day before— three days and three nights after being put in the tomb, just as He foretold.”
Talk about hoarders, that is what Roni was! Driving down there each morning and trying to keep up with four trash pick-ups a week is getting the trash discarded at Roni’s place (now mine), but it means a lot of work before my helper and I even start on the repairs to my guest house. The shed floor is now visable and all that trash has been bagged up or burned.
We put a big pile of metal, including a rusty old metal cupboard, by the side of the road, hoping that someone will want it. Now, we have finally started getting all the trash from the inside of the shack that Roni called home. The electricity has been changed into my name, but the wiring is so screwed up that none of the switches work the light fixtures which are dangling, but some outlets do work. I took a clamp-light and plugged it in, so that I could venture into her dark bathroom. There was a lot to clean up in there, including buckets of nasty trash. The toilet flange must have been leaking, because when we flushed it, water ran out from under the toilet. Maybe someone re-installed it without a wax ring. So she had just laid a bunch of clothes around it as she was so weak at the end and couldn’t fix the leak. She had paid people to repair it, but they conned her, pretended to do it and just took the money. How disgraceful is that?
I am so thankful to our LORD that I have my health and strength even though I am 22 years older than Roni was.
The mini-house (guest house) is coming along slowly. We have half the paneling back up, two walls of it. The big stack of it that was taken down for the renovations was blocking a door and just getting in our way. Real WOOD paneling is an expensive scarcity these days, so as I have it, I am going to flaunt it. It will all be painted a really pale yellow, as it needs to be a light color to keep the place bright. We had already installed 1/2 foamboard on all the walls for extra insulation and stabilty.
We had trouble with a beautiful and very unusual chrome ceiling fan. The bulbs were black florescent lights which put out hardly any light and after talking to the makers we found out that it would take a whole new light kit to change out the bulbs. Then one of the blade brackets broke, so the fan was taken down and another ceiling fan will have to be installed.
I made a beef, veggie and quinoa dish for the potluck, and then quickly made a chicken (canned chicken breast) and potato salad with apples, onions, spices and organic mayo. The pastor’s wife was still not able to attend the services as her knee is still hurting her, so I had to ramrod the potluck again. Even though the Teaching (sermon) is coming over the speakers in the kitchen/dining hall, I still can’t really concentrate on it when I am trying to make sure that all the salad is made and everything will be the right temperature at the right time. I miss being able to watch and listen to the Teaching in the chapel and to look up the Bible verses with everyone else.
The Bible readings were Exo. 30:11-34:35, 1 Kings 18:1-39, Acts 7:35-53. The Teaching was about “Divine Fellowship”. But I didn’t hear much of it.
As usual the time spent fellowshipping, discussing and talking while we are eating together is so precious to us all, and we even had the doors of the dining hall open as it was such a lovely day.