Jesus, this King rode upon a lowly donkey into town, amid an enthusiastic crowd waving palms. *
He turned the tables and cleansed the Temple. **
He preached in parables. ***
He and the disciples dined at the home of Simon the leper, and Jesus received the precious gift of perfumed oil lovingly poured upon His head. ****
Later, He dined on the Passover seder with the disciples. *****
Next came the Judas kiss-off when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus and all the disciples fled. And Judas hanged himself. And the rooster crowed for Peter. ******
And then? Then, the rest of those appointed events unfolded…
Trials ensued. Soldiers stripped Jesus of His clothes, replacing them with a purple robe and jamming a crown of thorns upon His head, as blood trickled down into his eyes.
He was mocked. Slapped. Spat upon. His beard yanked out. Beaten and bloodied from head to toe. His appearance distorted from a brutal scourging. And voices chanted, “Crucify Him!” Crucify an innocent Man.
Soldiers forced Him to carry a cross beam on His flesh-ripped back, but as He stumbled through the streets, they compelled a visitor named Simon to carry the beam.
They led Him out to the hill called Golgotha, where they pounded nails into His hands and His feet when it was the third hour (12:00 pm). Crucifying an innocent Man.
Maybe the sign the soldiers hung over Jesus’ head mocked the Passover custom of hanging a sign around a lamb’s neck to bear the owner’s name.
Darkness fell across the whole earth, covering it with a blackness of gloom for three hours.
And this innocent Man, the Light of the world, was extinguished.
For at the sixth hour (3:00 pm), the sound of the shofar rumbled through the darkness for the sacrifice of the slain lamb in the Temple. The lamb that kept God’s people in fellowship with Him. And its blood ran out.
And the Lamb on the cross cried out, “‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” (John 19:30 NKJV) The Lamb that keeps God’s people in fellowship with Him. The Lamb, the innocent Man. And His blood ran out.
The Temple trembled as the curtain of separation ripped from the top to the bottom. And the earth quaked and the rocks split and the graves of the dead opened.
Gaining permission, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus lifted down from the cross this innocent Man, this Son of God, who took on the sins of the world, and gently wrapped His body in linen cloths and spices and placed Him in a borrowed grave.
And the blood of the Lamb was smeared on the doorpost of heaven that no one may enter who has not first smeared the doorpost of their heart with this same blood.
The Paschal Lamb, the innocent Man, our Passover, was sacrificed.
His blood was shed…for all.
Behold the Lamb!