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Back in Egypt the Lamb's blood was pivotal to salvation. Hebrews 10:1 tells us that the Law was a shadow of the good things to come.’ The Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, by M’Clintock and Strong, says: “No other shadow of good things to come contained in the law can vie with the festival of the Passover.” In particular did the Passover lamb have a meaning that extended beyond the ceremony memorializing how God saved the firstborn and then all the Hebrews out of Egypt.
Jesus, a Jew, kept the Passover. On the last occasion that he did so, he outlined the only divine celebration for Christians—the Lord’s Evening Meal, the memorial of Jesus’ death. So this Christian celebration is linked to the Passover.
Jesus ate that meal with his apostles, and then he instituted the Lord’s Evening Meal. (Luke 22:14, 15) That night he was arrested and tried. Jesus was impaled close to noon on Nisan 14, and that afternoon he died. (John 19:14) Thus, “Christ our passover was sacrificed” on the same day as the Passover lamb was slaughtered. (1 Cor. 5:7; 11:23; Matt. 26:2) As the end of that Jewish day approached, Jesus was buried—before the start of Nisan 15
Jesus had said: “I have greatly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer.” (Luke 22:15) He thereafter outlined the Lord’s Evening Meal, which his followers were to keep as a memorial of his death. (Luke 22:19, 20) The Passover was held once a year. Hence, it is reasonable that the Lord’s Evening Meal be kept annually. When? Logically, in the spring at Passover time. That would mean when Nisan 14 (Jewish calendar) fell, rather than always holding to Friday because that was the weekday on which Jesus died.
So Nisan 14 would be the date Paul had in mind when he wrote: “As often as you eat this loaf and drink this cup, you keep proclaiming the death of the Lord, until he arrives.” (1 Corinthians 11:26) For the next two centuries, many Christians held to Nisan 14, they being known as Quartodecimans, from the Latin for “14Th.” M’Clintock and Strong report: “The churches of Asia Minor celebrated the death of the Lord on the day corresponding to the 14Th of the month Nisan, on which day, according to the opinion of the whole ancient Church, the crucifixion took place.”
The Jewish calender date of Nisan 14Th falls on Monday April 14 2014. On this date the Last Supper was held and even then none but Jesus knew he was about to shed his blood on behalf mankind so they may be redeemed from Adam's sin and gain salvation. It was Jesus himself that said we should keep this memorial of the evening of Nisan 14Th. In fact it's the only sanctioned observance on behalf of Jesus that's in the bible.
4/14/2014 is the day of the memorial of the events that redeemed mankind. Who did this for us and why?
John 17:3 says.....For this means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of You, the only true God, and the one you SENT FORTH (capitalization mine) Jesus Christ.
John 3:16...For God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son in order that everyone exercising faith in Him would have everlasting life.
That's what God has done for us.
I hope I've been able to impart some insight into what God has done for us, underserving as we may be. These reminders are just part of the wonders and inspirations we learn on our way to taking in knowledge of God and the working out of his salvation. We can do this from time to time or start another forum dedicated to this topic If that is desired let me know.
I'll get back to history posts my next visit.