The Last Passover of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is about to finish His ministry on earth at the last Passover He would celebrate with His disciples this upcoming week, 2000 years ago. And we are going to start today in following the foot steps of the Lord and Savior every day this week according to the Holy Bible. Celebrating His divinity, ministry, death and resurrection because this (what is known as Easter) is all about.
This Passover recorded in the Holy Bible, will be His last on earth based upon what He said to His disciples, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 22:15-16) “And He took the cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And He said unto them, This is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God My Father’s kingdom. (Mark 14:23-25/Matthew 26:29)
This means He will not partake of it again till all the Holy Bible is completely Full-filled. It is then, we (the born-again children of God) will have this feast in heaven at the marriage supper with Jesus Christ, in the presence of Almighty God (Father) and His Holy Spirit with all the host of Heaven (Revelation 19:5-9)
An another interesting fact also worth noting, the first half of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John documents an eye witness account of Jesus’ ministry. The second half of the Gospel of Jesus Christ documents an eye witness account of the last Passover week Jesus celebrated, leading to His crucifixion and resurrection. There is so much that Jesus Christ ministered and did this Passover week, we will only highlight His teachings and emphasize others as the Holy Spirit directs while following details of His steps.
Starting this journey on the last Saturday evening Jesus partook before the Passover? How do we know this was the last Saturday? Simple, we know that the Passover that year fell on a Thursday, six days from now. Jesus was crucified and was buried on Friday. Three days after His crucifixion, He raised from the dead which was on Sunday. Follow the narrative from His resurrection back and you will find that this was His last Saturday evening and tomorrow (Sunday) is His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Now going back in time, After an 83 mile journey on foot from Capernaum (in the region of Galilee) on their way to Jerusalem (which sits in the region of Judea) Jesus and His disciples stopped in a little village called Bethany or in Hebrew: Bet t’eina (House of Figs), where Mary, her sister Martha lives and where Lazarus their brother died.
Bethany which is known today as Al-EiZariya (Place Of Lazarus) which is situated in Area B of the West Bank. It sit 2.4 km (1.5 miles according to the US standard) east of Jerusalem (about a 10 minute walk) Just beyond the Kidron Brook, on the south-eastern slope of the Mount of Olives.
There are two reasons why Jesus made this journey which most likely took two weeks or maybe less to complete from Capernaum.
#1 To raise Lazarus from the dead and preach the Gospel of salvation
#2 To celebrate His last Passover
According to His Father (Almighty God’s) words, Jewish males must make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times a year, “Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which He (God) shall choose; (and God chose Jerusalem in the days of King David and King Solomon: 2 Chronicles 6:1-6) in the feast of unleavened bread (Passover), and in the feast of weeks (Shavuot), and in the feast of tabernacles (Sukkot): and they shall not appear before the Lord empty:” (Deuteronomy 16:16)
Days before this evening, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11) ministering the Gospel saying, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” This was not done in secret and many witnessed Lazarus had risen from the dead after 4 days in the Tomb. And two Sunday’s from now (Resurrection Sunday) Jesus had proven to the world that He is the resurrection and the life which is one of the major foundations of truth of our salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. For God is not God of the dead, but of the living.
“Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom He (Jesus) raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
Then saith one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray Him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of My burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but Me ye have not always.
Much people of the Jews therefore knew that He was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.”