Yahshua and the passover week

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In the last post I went over the first passover.  So now I’m going to touch on how the passover pointed forward to the Messiah.

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The Hebrew people were slaves in Egypt before Moses lead them out of Egypt.   In some ways that’s like us today!   We aren’t in a place where everyone worships YHWH in a proper way and are in some ways slaves to a system waiting to be delivered from bondage.    And before we met the Messiah, Yahshua.. before we accept him into our lives and chose to serve the father we are in bondage.. but accepting him sets us free.. he leads us into freedom and towards the promised land!

As passover approached our Messiah’s week was very busy.    The day before passover and the night before Yahshua died he went into a room and broke bread and had wine with his disciples.   He told us that from then on when we took wine or juice and bread we could remember him.    Does your family have a tradition of doing this?    Our family makes a big loaf of challah and uses grape juice every friday night before Shabbat starts.  It’s a really nice way to help us remember what Yahshua did for us.    Does your family have any traditions like this?

(coloring pages and activities herehere, here)

Something happened that night though.    Judas.. one of the disciples and one of Yahshua’s friends decided to betray his master.    Many of the people in government wanted Yahshua dead because everyone was starting to like him.  So they were afraid that people would start to follow him (Yahshua) instead of follow the “leaders”.. that made them scared of Yahshua!    So, they offered to pay Judas, one of the disciples if he would bring them to Yahshua.

After Yahshua and his disciples finished the meal they went to a garden because Yahshua wanted to pray.

(coloring page here)

Do you know what he prayed for?   He knew he was about to die.. and he was asking YHWH if there was anything that could be done to avoid this.  But he finished his prayer with YHWH.. whatever you think needs done, do it.  He understood that it wasn’t what HE wanted that mattered, but what YHWH wanted.

While he was praying in the garden a group of men came and guess who was leading them?  Judas!   He told the men that he would go kiss the man who was Yahshua so they would know who to arrest.. then he went and kissed Yahshua.

(coloring page here)
After that they took Yahshua away to put him on trial.    All that night he was on trial.  People got up and said he had done things he hadn’t.   Two different men judged him trying to find something he had done wrong so they could punish him.   Finally Pilate said he could find no fault in Yahshua.. but when he asked the people what they wanted him to do with Yahshua and they told Pilate to crucify him.  So he washed his hands and allowed it to happen.   All of this was happening on passover day..  the day when people were getting the lambs read to kill and preparing for the feast that would happen that night.
Yahshua had to carry his own cross up to where he would die at but he was very tired from being treated very badly (they whipped his back and made him wear a crown of thorns) so he had a hard time carrying it.
A man in the crowd ended up carrying it the rest of the way for him.
Did you know that Yahshua(Jesus) is our passover lamb?

1Co 5:7 ¶ Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

Did you know where he was when the lambs were being killed to put into the ovens and bake?   He was hanging on the cross!
It’s so neat how our Father YHWH works things out so well?  He set up passover thousands of years before Yeshua would die… but worked it out so perfectly that it would work out perfectly for our Messiah’s death many years later.   Do you think it would work that well if WE tried do something?   Do you think if we set up an exact time right now for something to happen in 2000 years it would work out right?  Probably not huh?
Just as an innocent lamb had to die to allow the sons to live in Egypt..  An innocent Messiah had to die to allow us to live!   His death allows us to not die forever (eternal death) Isn’t it amazing that he did that for us?
And how sad as well right?    Imagine you have a sweet baby lamb as a pet.
It’s never done anything wrong at all.. it’s been a perfect sweet lamb.  It follows you around everywhere.  Does exactly what you want it to, and loves you soooo much.   It’s your best friend.    One day you do something really wrong.   Something you needed to be punished for.  But instead of punishing you…  your lamb jumped in front of you and decided to be killed so you didn’t have to be punished.   What did that lamb do to deserve that punishment?  Nothing!   You deserved the punishment right?  But that little lamb loved you so much that he took the punishment for you.    That’s what Yahshua did for us!  Instead of letting us be punished for the things we have done since we are all imperfect
A few hours later YHWH’s people were putting the lambs into the oven.. do you know where the Messiah was at that time?  He was being put into the tomb.   Another neat way passover ties into the death of Yahshua. 🙂
They had to hurry to take him off the cross and put him into the tomb.  Do you know why?
(coloring page here)
The day after he was put into the tomb was another important day.  It was a sabbath!  but not just any sabbath!  It was the first day of the feast of unleavened bread!   This is a special day, a high sabbath day and the first day after passover. 🙂   It happens on the 15th day of the biblical month.  For 7 days we eat unleavened bread.   This is to remember when the Hebrews had to leave egypt so quickly that their bread did not rise.  Do you remember that?
(recipe here)
So that day while Yahshua was in the grave YHWH’s people everywhere were keeping the special day of the feast of unleavened bread.
The next day was a Friday so YHWH’s people were preparing for a sabbath the next day.
Did you know that Yahshua had said he would be in the tomb for 3 days and 3 nights?   Do you remember anyone else that was inside something for 3 days and 3 nights?
That’s right!  Yahshua said that a sign that he was the true Messiah he would be in the tomb for the same amount of time Jonah was in the Whale’s belly.
So he was killed and put into the tomb right before the daytime part of wednesday ended.. right before it got dark on a wednesday.     So he was in the grave all day thursday (the first day of unleavened bread), all day friday, and all day Shabbat…  Then he would have risen right before the next day (sunday) started.. right before it got dark on the Sabbath.  3 days, and 3 nights!
When Mary and some women came to the grave to annoint his body as soon as shabbat ended and he was gone already!
(coloring page here)
He is RISEN!
(coloring page here )
Activity project of the passion week Here
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Author: Suzanne McDaniel

I've been married for 11 years to my wonderful husband Jesse. I'm a momma to 3 kiddos, Brianna, Lorien, and Rohan. I'm a lover of the Lord YHWH, a believer in the Messiah Yehshua, and a follower of his law the Torah. I enjoy homeschooling my kiddos, I love decorating, especially DIY projects, and actually enjoy being in the kitchen (except the cleanup.. hate that lol)

3 thoughts on “Yahshua and the passover week

  1. This is wonderful Suzanne! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings in Yeshua HaMashiach,
    Joycelyn

  2. Thank you so very much for all of this wonderful info. I will be using this year to teach my children! Bless You!

  3. Todah Suzanna, the “Yahshua’s Last Days” is perfect for my 8 y/o, who is too mature for coloring, but not mature enough for just readings and teachings. This is what I look for for every Shabbat, Feast, and Festival..:D
    Bless you,
    Beverly

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