Jesus was crucified on Passover.
He was/is the “Passover Lamb”.
Let us look at what the Word tells us.
(I draw heavily from the guidance provided by Kevin Conner in his booklet “The Three Days and Three Nights” ISBN 0949829 19 6 - the best synopsis of the issue that I know.)
All the Scripture references are active hyperlinks. Click them to see the Word.
Nisan 9th would be the sixth day before Passover
Our Thursday sunset to Friday sunset
Luke 19 and Matthew 21 cover events of this day. Read the passages.
Give close attention to travel flow, geography, city, etc.
Note the folk Jesus encounters.
Note what He does.
The Lord approaches Jerusalem from Jericho - Luke 19:1-10
He passes our Thursday night at the house of Zacchaeus - Luke 19:5
He delivers the Parable of the Mina - Luke 19:11-27
He proceeds toward Jerusalem - Luke 19:28
He sends two disciples for an ass and a colt - Matthew 21:1-7
He makes His first entry from Bethphage (not Bethany) - Matthew 21:8-9
He is unexpected and they ask “Who is this?” - Matthew 21:10-11
He cleanses the temple - Matthew 21:12-16
He returns to Bethany - Matthew 21:17
Zacchaeus the chief tax collector, a sinner...Jesus stayed with him.
We learn that “the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Jesus tells the Parable of the Mina…
Jesus heads toward Jerusalem…
Jesus instructs two disciples as to where to go and what they will find - “into the village opposite you” ...an ass and colt. Word of Knowledge? Revelation from Father.
Definitely fulfillment of prophecy.
The Crowd...most spread their coats in the road...branches on the road...shouting “Hosanna…”
Who is this?
Prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.
Jesus enters the temple and drives out those who were buying and selling.
“My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a robber’s den”.
Note the next verse…
“And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.”
(I suspect that the blind and lame are not healed among us because of the shenanigans of the robber’s den. It is time to cleanse the household of faith. Let us begin with ourselves.)
Of course, the religious leadership - the chief priests and scribes - became indignant when they saw “the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David”.
Jesus’ reply to the indignant leadership?
“Yes, have you never read ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies You have prepared praise for Yourself’?”
A busy day in the life of the Savior.
A day of praise, adoration and rejoicing.
A day of wonder.
A day of building turmoil.
Six days before the Passover…