On Passover Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death. It is a new beginning for humanity. Through His death and resurrection, His followers may also be brought back to life. We follow Him in death, so that we may live with Him. But in essence, this also means: I no longer live, but He lives in Me.
Good Friday isn’t considered a cheerful day by Christians. We realize that Jesus Christ died on the cross and gave His blood for the salvation of sinners. But there is also a sense of tremendous gratitude because Christians know why Jesus died on the Cross and what happened a few days later just outside of Jerusalem.
Without a historical understanding of Passover, you can regard the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as a dramatic event on a random day. Just a day in history when the people and leaders decided to crucify Him who was without sin. Jesus, being the victim of human misunderstanding. An event like this could easily have taken place a week later or earlier. But not on God’s Calendar! For precisely this reason the Old Testament Feast of Pesach – through both timing and rituals – is the ultimate and powerful proof that Jesus was the promised Messiah.
When Jesus came on earth, He didn’t fulfill some, but He fulfilled all prophecies in the Old Testament about the (first) coming of the Messiah. He provided irrefutable evidence that He was God’s anointed one. Now that we know, shouldn’t we ask ourselves what to do with the prophecies regarding the Second Coming?