Easter is the most central feast in Christian faith. It's the celebration of The Messiah - Jesus Christ, the Son of God who died and took the punishment for the sins of the world. Jesus resurrects on the third day and defeats sin and death. Jesus Christ now holds the key to death and life. All people who belong to Him will be given eternal life with Him and the Father in heaven.
Text: Carl Grinde Date: April 15 2017
Text also shared from linked pages. Thanks to Ulf Hedin and the Bible Clubs in Örebro who contributed good Bible words and knowledge of God's Word.
Updated July 4 2017
Jesus Christ is the way to the Father
Jesus Christ is the son of God, the Messiah - God's holy passover lamb who was slaughtered for our sins. He died and took the punishment for you and me. Jesus Christ was killed just when all Jewish families slaughtered their passover lambs only a few distances away.
God made it very clear: This is my sacrificial lamb for the sins of the world. Jesus Christ is God's holy passover lamb.
Jesus Christ died and took the punishment for the sins of the world. Jesus also resurrected from death and now sits in heaven on God's right side.
Easter origins from the Jewish Passover
When the people of Israel lived as slaves in Egypt God sent 10 plagues of Egypt so that Pharaoh should release the people of Israel. But Pharaoh was stubborn and said: No!
Then God sent a last plague over Egypt: the death angel. This was the last plague before the exodus out of Egypt.
All the families of Israel slaughtered a lamb and smeared the doorposts of their homes with the blood of the lamb. When the death angel came and saw the blood on the doorpost he passed over. In the houses of the egyptians the angel entered in and killed every firstborn child.
Passover ritual Bible scripture
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, Draw out and take a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover lamb.
And you 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 seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
And you shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.
And it shall happen, when you have come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he has promised, that you shall keep this service.
And it shall happen, when your children shall say to you, What does this service mean?
That you shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.
And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.
The Hebrew word Pascha: the Passover, the Passover supper or lamb
The Hebrew word pesach: passover
Passover - blood smeared on door posts
The blood on the door posts was the sign for rescue.
Images of passover rituals, blood on the door
Jesus said: "I am the door"
Jesus Christ was beaten, whipped, flogged and crucified - blood all over his body,
Image of Jesus's bloody body Jesus Crucified
"I am the door: if any man enters in by me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
The Passover lamb Jewish tradition
"It is to be eaten in a single house; you are not to bring forth any of the
flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it.
For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, "
Not a bone of him shall be broken."
"He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken."
INRI - Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm
"Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."
INRI - Pontius Pilate's words written above Jesus on the cross
INRI is latin and means: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.
Jesus Christ was crucified as a punishment for our sins
Warning, these are images of people tortured and covered with blood.
Jesus last words on the cross
Cup of Gethsemane as You've Never Seen It Before!
"My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?"
Psalm 22 - entire chapter
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that means, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
"My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?"
These words are found in Psalm 22 and these words where also said by Jesus Christ on the cross just before he died.
Here are pages about Psalm 22 as prophecy about Jesus Christ's suffering and death on the cross.
Jesus' very last words on the cross: "It is finished."
The greek word Tetélestai can be translated to “accomplished” or “completed,” meaning the finishing of an act, that completes the fulfillment of the purpose.
It's the word used in ancient roman empire to write on debt securities when the debt was fully paid. Jesus Christ took the penalty for our sins. He paid the ultimate price for our eternal salvation. Thank you Lord Jesus!
Jesus Christ is the foundation for God's new covenant
Jews eat the passover lamb as a sign of their identity as God's chosen people. Before the exodus out of egypt, the lamb's blood on their door posts was a sign of salvation and God's love and mercy.
God established a new covenant with Israel and the whole world through his son Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Jesus came as the ultimate sacrifice for sins. He is holy and have never sinned. He died and resurrected to take the punishment for our crimes and sins.
Jesus' death and resurrection replaces the Jewish sacrifices in the temple. Jesus Christ has authority to forgive sins. Through him we receive grace, mercy and forgiveness for our transgressions, crimes and sins. Jesus loves us and his love is a proof of the Father's love for us. Jesus Christ has made the Father known to us as the Bible says.
Jesus Christ also established the holy communion. A holy ritual when his believers eats bread and drinks wine that represents Jesus Christ own body and blood.
As Jews eats the passover lamb, Christians eat the communion. We believe that Jesus Christ is the holy and perfect passover lamb of God.
The ancient Jewish sacrificial seremonies in the temple is not needed any more. Jesus Christ died once and for all and was the perfect sacrifice for sins.
Images of the Holy communion, the Lords supper
Jesus Christ is the sign of the passover and God's new covenant with Israel
”Christ is Risen!”
”He is Risen indeed!”
And this is the testimony, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
He who has the Son has life; and he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
I have written these things to you who believe on the name of the Son of God; so that you shall know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:11-13
When we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire.
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11
Great worship songs about Jesus Christ
Providence Thomas' Song (find it on Spotify)
Harding University Concert Choir He (It's also on spotify)
David Slater Turn your eyes upon Jesus (find it on Spotify)
David Slater Have You Seen Jesus My Lord? (find it on Spotify)
Jonas Engström The Fathers song
David Arkenstone: Celtic Hymns In Christ Alone
Dallas Christian Adult Concert Choir, David Slater What Can Wash Away My Sin? (Congregational)
Free Indeed & Jerome Williams Jesus let us come to know you
David Slater Have You Seen Jesus My Lord?
Harding University Concert Choir and David Slater Jesus is Lord (find it on Spotify)