You read the headline right, for only the 4th time in a century, the Holy Days of Passover and Good Friday will fall on the SAME DAY this year! It is hugely significant, as Jesus was crucified on the day of Passover in 33 AD.
Due to the Church calendar differing from the Hebrew calendar throughout history, though God ensured that Passover and Jesus’ crucifixion coincided during the same hours to fulfill His Plan, the two Biblical events very rarely fall on the same day. Also, in another sign that our generation is different from all those that came before us, all 4 times that Passover and Good Friday have occurred simultaneously have been in the past 7 years!
If you have read my books, or many of my articles, you know how important the number 7 is Biblically. Is this another sign from the LORD that His Son is coming down to rapture the faithful real soon? Lord willing! To truly understand the spiritual significance of the 2 Holy days falling within the same hours, you must first understand the Passover itself.
In the Book of Exodus, Chapter 12, we read of the event that forever cemented God’s Love and faithfulness to the Jewish people. It also showed how He distinguishes between His people and the heathen (unbelievers). In like fashion, on Good Friday, the event occurred that would forever cement God’s love and faithfulness to any and all human beings who would put their faith in His Son for salvation. All those who do will be forever distinguished from the heathen in His Sight.
In Exodus, God had promised the Jews that He would PASS OVER their homes and keep the plagues of Egypt away from them if they followed His one simple prescription BY FAITH…
“Thus saith The LORD, You shall take of the blood (of the LAMB), and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of your houses… And the BLOOD shall be to you for a sign upon the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will PASS OVER you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt… And THIS DAY shall be unto you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a Feast to the Lord throughout your generations; you shall keep it a Feast by an ordinance for ever… And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not allow the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And you shall observe this thing for an ordinance to you and to your sons FOR EVER.” – Exodus 12:7, 13-14, 22-24
Since God was sending Jesus Christ to not only be the Messiah of the Jewish people, but to also be the Saviour of all mankind, He symbolically sacrificed His Son on the same exact day (even the same exact hours) that the lambs of the Passover were being slain in the Jewish Temple. That is why Lord Jesus is called the “Lamb of God.”
He was “slain” as the Passover Lamb for all of us – to blot out our sins in the sight of God, in order to reconcile us all to our Holy Father in Heaven, and to cover us in His Holy Blood so that we would not endure the punishments of the LORD that justly come down upon the sinful world. As the blood of the lambs of the Jewish Passover kept the Jews safe from the judgments of God, the Blood of the Lamb of God keeps us safe from the eternal judgment of Hell.
Also, the Blood of Jesus protects us from all of the world’s plagues, disasters, and evil today – just as the blood of the lambs did for the Jews during the Passover. Years ago, by faith, I began to follow God’s Biblical prescription for His protection of my home from Exodus Chapter 12. It is my hope that you will all do the same, as I believe acts of faith are extremely important to our Father in Heaven.
Remember how Saint Paul said that “faith without works is dead”? It’s so true. You can say that you believe in God and Christ Jesus all day long, but if your life doesn’t match what you say you believe then your faith is meaningless. We should be placing the Word of God above all else in our lives, and living by it to the best of our abilities. This way, you will be distinguished from the rest of the sinful world in God’s sight. You will be righteous in God’s sight. Not because of any of your own “good deeds” or holy living, but BY FAITH.
Remember how God said that because Abraham “believed in the Lord” that it was counted to him for righteousness? (Genesis 15:6/Romans 4:3). So too, as we believe every word of God in the Holy Bible – about Who He is, what He has done, what He will do, and what he desires from us in this life – it will be accounted unto us as righteousness.
While there are billions of Christians today who “say” that they believe in Jesus, they are many of them who are living like the sinful world. They are not repenting of their sins daily, nor turning from their sins. They falsely assume (through not knowing the Scriptures) that because Jesus died for their sins, they are free and clear to sin all that they desire. They have obviously never read Hebrews 10:26 –
“For if we sin WILLFULLY after that we have received the knowledge of the truth (Christ dying for our sins), there remaineth NO MORE sacrifice for sins.”
God says that we must become a “new creation” once we come to Christ to get washed of our sins. He says that we must “repent” and flee from our past sins, striving to live holy lives. While we will all fall short, as no one is perfect in this corrupt sinful flesh, we must do our utmost best to reject sin and turn from it. That is why we must repent daily, because we all sin daily.
When you repent, you are washed anew in Christ’s sin-cleansing Blood each and every new day. You can’t just accept Jesus as Saviour one day, and then go on sinning every day thereafter. It doesn’t work that way. You can never truly know Christ, while living in sin. When you appreciate what He did for you on Calvary’s Cross, there is no way you can live like the rest of the world. The Holy Spirit will convict you of your sins against God, and you will loathe your sins. You will hate sin.
Also, when you truly believe in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, you realize the power of His shed Blood. This brings me back to why I symbolically follow God’s Exodus commands for the Passover every year – because of the immeasurable power in the Blood of the Lamb of God.
I have believed, for over a decade, that we are living in a modern day Egypt/Babylon. I have also believed that God’s promises to the Old Testament Jews residing in ancient Egypt and Babylon ring just as true for us today.
I believe that Christians who ignore the Old Testament’s Holy Feasts and Sabbaths, specifically the Passover, miss out on many blessings of The LORD, especially His Divine protection. I also firmly believe that the Feast of the Passover is the one day/week of the Year (besides Good Friday) when believers can guarantee, beyond a shadow of a doubt, God’s powerful defense of their Homes and loved ones YEAR-ROUND.
That is why I call this coming Passover/Good Friday the absolute Holiest day of 2019, because two of the Holiest days of the year are falling in the SAME DAY. You can’t get any holier than that. In my opinion, there is no better day of 2019 for prayer, spiritual reflection, holy living, or acts of Faith and devotion to God than this Friday!
So, what act of faith do I perform in my home every Passover, and especially this week’s Passover? I symbolically mark the doorposts of my home in the Blood of the Lamb of God, Christ Jesus. Think about it… if the blood of mere animals caused God to pass over the homes of His chosen people, the Jews in Egypt, how much more will He not pass over the homes of His children today when we mark them in the Blood of His Holy Son? It is the Holiest Blood that the world has ever seen or will ever see!
I’m sure you’re wondering how I can literally place the Blood of Jesus on my doorposts. It is obvious that – literally – I cannot. It is a symbolic spiritual act. I simply take grape juice or wine that resembles the color of blood, mix it with holy water (if you have some), dip my finger in the liquid, and mark it on the top and two side posts of my home’s doors with the sign of a Cross.
I have done this too many years to count; and whenever severe weather come nears my area, my home is always left unscathed. No deadly diseases have entered my home, no disaster has befallen my home, and the devil and his demons know to stay far away from where I dwell. I credit all of this to the strong faith I have in God’s Biblical promise to pass over my home and keep evil far from it – when He sees the Blood of the Lamb.
I highly recommend everyone reading this to do it this year, as the Passover is the Biblically prescribed day to do it; and especially since it will also be the exact day when our Lord shed His Holy Blood on the Cross! Jesus was hung on the Cross at 9:00 am, and died at 3:00 pm. I believe anytime during this time frame would be the best time to perform this act of faith.
God rewards faith, and I guarantee that your home will feel more protected than ever before. Read some of these verses about the connection of our Lord’s death on the Cross to the Passover feast –
“For even Christ our PASSOVER is sacrificed for us.” – 1st Corinthians 5:7
“John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the LAMB OF GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world.” – John 1:29 & 36
“He (Jesus) was brought as a lamb to the slaughter.” – Isaiah 53:7
“But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1st Peter 1:19
“And it was the preparation of the passover (sacrifice), and about the sixth hour: and Pilate said unto the Jews, behold your King (Jesus)!” – John 19:14
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the Throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a LAMB as it had been slain… And when He (Jesus) had taken the Book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb…” – Revelation 5:6 & 8
I hope that all of you will have a blessed Passover/Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday (Easter). To be in the right state of mind going into the Holiest Day of the year, I have selected some verses below to meditate on and as a reminder of what Christ endured for all of us.
For our Father YHWH so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life! (John 3:16) Don’t forget this Friday, and every day of the year, to say THANK YOU JESUS.
“JESUS CHRIST, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross. Wherefore God (YaHWeH) has so highly exalted Him, and given Him A Name which is ABOVE EVERY NAME: That at the Name of Jesus EVERY knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that EVERY tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.” ~ Philippians 2:6-11
“Surely HE has borne OUR griefs, and carried OUR sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for OUR transgressions, He was bruised for OUR iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon HIM; and with His stripes (wounds) we are HEALED. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and The LORD has laid on HIM the iniquity of us ALL. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His Mouth: He is brought AS A LAMB to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His Mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression (sins) of my people was He stricken. And He made His grave with the wicked (two thieves crucified with Him), and with the rich in His death (buried in rich man’s Tomb) because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His Mouth. Yet it pleased The LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief: when He shall make His Soul an OFFERING FOR SIN…” ~ Isaiah 53:4-10
Verses highlighting the redemptive power of Christ’s death on the Cross and precious Blood which He shed for us: 1st Peter 1:18-19/Revelation 1:5/Leviticus 17:11/1st Timothy 1:15 & 2:6/Hebrew 9:22.
“And the Angel in the tomb said unto them, DO NOT FEAR; You seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: HE IS RISEN; He is not here: Behold the place where they laid Him.” ~ Mark 16:6