Lastly, the lamb is set to die. God commanded that all Israel shall kill the lamb at twilight of the 14th day (Ex. 12:6). Twilight was “at the going down of the sun” (Deut. 16:6, NKJV).
Christ died exactly on the 14th day of the month of Nisan. It was precisely 4 days after He entered Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. According to Josephus, the Jewish historian, “it was customary in his day to slay the lamb at about 3 PM.” (MacArthur). Christ, the lamb of God, died at around this time (Lk. 23:44-46).
Yet unlike the lamb of all previous Passover Feasts, He did not remain in death. He rose again on the 3rd day!
Today, Christians celebrate “Easter” or preferably, “Holy Week,” at around the same time of the Passover Feast. That is why Holy Week usually falls on late March or early April. For it is the week of the Passover Feast.
Christ is our perfect, Paschal Lamb!
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