DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?
April 17, 2011

 

   (Atonement) Satisfaction given for wrongdoing, Jesus sufferings and death to reconcile us to God.

 

   Leviticus 17:11 The Bible specifically defines the rules that God has laid down for atonement of sin for His people. They followed the rules until they could not because of the destruction of the temple.

   Leviticus 16:5-22 The full spiritual process of atonement is given in these verses. First, the High Priest makes a sin offering for himself and his family. Second, two goats are set aside, then lots are cast and one goat chosen for the scapegoat and one chosen for the atonement sacrifice for the people. The blood of the sacrifice is brought into the Holy of Holies to be applied to the altar. The High Priest then puts both his hands on the head of the scapegoat and confesses the sins of the people and the scapegoat is then sent away into the wilderness never to be seen again.

   Malachi 3:6 The Bible is quite clear that God is God and does not change. The law of atonement was still very much in place when Jesus was born and came onto the scene in Israel.

  

WHY JESUS HAD TO DIE

 

   Isaiah 53:5-7 We must remember that the Jewish people had the scriptures that told them their Messiah would come (Isaiah 9:6-7; 7:14, Micah 5:2, Daniel 9:21-26).

   Matthew 1:20-23 As we enter into the New Testament, we find the angel of the Lord informing Joseph that God the Holy Ghost had planted the seed that would become the body of the Lord Jesus.

   Isaiah 53:10-11 We can see by the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah that God the Father was to accept the offering of the Messiah and be satisfied with His sacrifice for the sins of many.

   I Corinthians 15:3 After Paul's eyes were opened by Jesus Christ the message that Paul preached never changed. By His sacrificial act, Jesus earned the right to be the way by which the sins of anyone and everyone could be forgiven according to God's law of atonement.

   Matthew 27:17-26; Leviticus 16:7 Remember in the atonement offering, two goats were brought before the High Priest where one goat is chosen as a sacrifice and one goat is set free.

 

JESUS OUR PASSOVER

(I Corinthians 5:7)

 

   Exodus 12:3-13 Passover has been the principle feast of the Jewish people for 3,400 years. Passover is a 'picture or shadow' of the redemption for all mankind who will accept redemption.

         The lamb was to be a male without defect. II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 1:18-19

         All the people must slaughter the lamb. Matthew 27:25

         There is deliverance for those covered by the blood of the Lamb. I John 1:7; Ephesians 1:7

   Numbers 9:1-14 God spoke to Moses about the Passover Feast being celebrated in the desert.

         The lamb was to have no broken bones. Exodus 12:46; John 19:36

         The same rules apply to the Jews and Gentiles in the Passover. John 14:6; Romans 10:12-13

         The lamb was to be set aside from the tenth thru the fourteenth day of Nissan (April). John 12:12-15-(Zechariah 9:9) On the tenth day of Nissan Jesus entered the city on an asses colt.

         On the fourteenth day of the Nissan, the preparation day of Passover, the lamb was to be killed.

Matthew 27:45-50, 57-60 The perfect Lamb of God died on the fourteenth day of Nissan at the same exact time that the sacrificial paschal lambs were being slain to celebrate the feast of Passover.