What did Passover Predict?
The first Feast of the Lord is Passover, which represented and accurately predicted the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Not only was the Passover feast accurate in symbolically depicting the manner of the death of our Lord, it also accurately foretold the day of his death (though not the year).
Jesus died on the day of Passover—the very feast that predicted he would do so.
The following is a list of comparisons between the prophetic symbolism of the feast of Passover and the death of Jesus Christ:
1. A lamb that was a beloved part of the family was sacrificed each Passover. John (the Baptizer) identified Jesus [the beloved Son of God] as God’s [ Passover] Lamb.
2. Jesus was a male without blemish (he was perfect/sinless). According to 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Exodus 12:5, the Passover lamb was to be a male without blemish.
3. At what time were the Israelites instructed to kill their Passover lambs? What time was Jesus crucified? A comparison of the two verses below, shows that Jesus was crucified at the same time all of Israel were sacrificing their Passover lambs Exodus 12:6, John 19:14 (13-18).
4. The entire assembly (all of Israel) were commanded to kill their lambs at the same time. At the trial of Jesus, they all shouted, in unison, “Crucify him!” Exodus 12:6, Matthew 27:22 (22-25).
5. The lamb was commanded to be roasted whole—completely intact. Were any of Jesus’ bones broken Exodus 12:9, Psalm 34:20, John 19:33?
6. Was any portion of the Passover lamb allowed to remain until the next morning? Was Jesus’ body allowed to remain on the cross till the next morning Exodus 12:10, Mark 15:42-43 (42-46)?
7. In preparing the Passover lamb for roasting, two spits were used. One was thrust lengthwise through the body for support over the fire and the other across the shoulders for turning—symbolizing the cross upon which the Lamb of God was suspended.
8. During the first Passover, the people were commanded to take the blood of the sacrificed lamb and apply it to the doorposts of their homes. When God saw the blood, death would pass over that house (that is why this feast is called Passover). When we apply the blood of Jesus Christ to the doors of our hearts, through faith in his death, burial and resurrection, God sees the blood, and death passes over us as well Exodus 12:7, 13, Colossians 1:14.
9. John (who came baptizing), the same John that the entire nation of Israel—except the corrupt leadership of his day—accepted as a prophet, identified Jesus as God’s Passover lamb John 1:29, 1 Corinthians 5:7.
Because of the cleansing blood of Jesus, The Messiah, God’s Passover lamb, believers never have to endure separation from the presence of God—either in this age or in the age to come.
If you have never applied the blood of Yeshua to the doorposts of your heart and would like to accept the risen Son of God, the only Christ, as your savior, call on God for salvation right now. Do not put it off another second. Ask God to forgive your sins and save you through faith in the shed blood of his resurrected son Romans 10:9-10, 13.
To us a child is born, to us a son is given….
The feast of Passover accurately predicted both the time, the day (though not the year), and the manner of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Likewise, each one of the other Feasts of the Lord represents a very real event that has either already taken place or will take place in the future.
The feast of Passover predicted the literal death (by crucifixion) of Jesus Christ. Three more feasts have also seen their fulfillment.
And three more predict events that are yet to come….