Summary: The first three feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits) on the Jewish calendar were significant to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
Two preachers were on the roadside with a sign that read, "The End is Near - turn around now before it’s too late". A passing driver yelled "leave us alone you religious nuts". Then the preachers heard a loud splash. One preacher said to the other, "Do you think we should have just said "Bridge Out".
Sign in an office:
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDERYESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN
Outside a secondhand shop:
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?
Notice in health food shop window:
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS
Notice in a farmer's field:
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FORFREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.
Message on a leaflet:
IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOUHOW TO GET LESSONS
On a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ONTHE DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK)
2. Importance of “signs” – 1 Corinthians 1.22 (For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,)
3. Ultimate sign of Jesus – empty tomb
4. Other signs of Jesus
a. Prophecies and their fulfillment
b. 7 Feasts (Leviticus 23) –
1) All Point to Jesus
2) 4 Fulfilled; 3 yet to be
5. Three feasts lined up in a daily order at the time Jesus died – Passover – Friday; Unleavened Bread – Saturday (Sabbath); First Fruits -- Sunday
I. Passover: The King’s Redemption – 1 Corinthians 5.7
Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
A. Original Purpose of Passover – Life for the Faithful
1. Enslaved in Egypt – Call and Leadership of Moses
2. 10th Plague – Lambs’ blood on doorposts; “Pass Over”; Chet & Chai
3. Freedom to serve God
B. Hidden Meanings in Passover
1. Egypt = Sin
2. Yeshua (Jesus) = Lamb – John 1.29
3. Redemption/Freedom to serve God – by the blood of the Lamb
27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26.27-28
II. Unleavened Bread: The King’s Righteousness
6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5.6-8
A. Original Idea – Removing Leaven from Houses (Yeshua (Jesus) Cleansing his Father’s House by driving out the money-changers, etc.) – only used unleavened bread (Exodus 12.15)
B. Hidden Meanings
1. Sinless Body of Yeshua (Jesus) – Matthew 26.26
26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
2. Suffering Body of Yeshua (Jesus) – Matzah – Isaiah 53.4-5
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
3. Submerged (Buried) Body of Yeshua (Jesus)
Some time ago "Reader’s Digest" told the story about a company who mailed out some special advertising business post cards with a mustard seed glued to it with the following caption that went something like this: "If you have faith as small as this mustard seed in our (particular product), you are guaranteed to get excellent results and be totally satisfied." -- Signed, The Management
A few months later one recipient of this promotional piece wrote back to the company and said, "You will be very interested to know that I planted the mustard seed you sent on your advertising card and it has grown into a very healthy bush producing wonderful tomatoes!" (Sometimes we grow things we didn’t expect, because we plant that wrong seeds)
23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12.23-25