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Summary: The first three feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits) on the Jewish calendar were significant to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

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1. Signs

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.”


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