Happy Sabbath Y’ALL.
Today is a special Sabbath because in history it was also the day our Lord was slain for the sins of the world.
Last night He would have celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples. It is where He instituted the New Covenant that you can read about in Daniel 9:27…
‘Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.”
3 1/2 years into the ministry of the Messiah, and the last week of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy, Yeshua confirmed the New Covenant, and then was slain, which brought an end to the need for sacrifice and offering because He was the ultimate end all sacrifice and offering. And then the desolation occurred, the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70AD.
Verse 24 of Daniel 9 tells us what the New Covenant entails:
“Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint [g]the Most Holy.
These are the things Yeshua did with his sacrifice.
John the Baptist had been given spiritual insight into whom Yeshua was, and what His mission was to accomplish.
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!'”(John 1:29) These probably seemed like strange words to most.
After being tried and beaten, with His flesh actually being torn from His body, He was led to the Mount of Olives outside the city gates, where He hung for several hours.
At around 3PM this afternoon is when Yeshua died, which coincides with when the lambs were to be slaughtered for the Passover meal to be eaten later this evening around dusk.
Yeshua’s friends then hurried to get Him buried before the sun went down.
At sunset, the First Day of Unleavened Bread then begins.
So this particular Sabbath has even more significance today because of what happened almost 2,000 years ago.