PASTOR ANDREW MORGRIDGE
THE THRILLS ABOUT EASTER
- (Col. 2: 11-15)
- (Isa. 59:1-2)
THE TRUE STORY OF JESUS
A story is a narrative of an event, geared towards informing those who were not there what transpired, so that they also may know what you know. If it is not done well, two things can happen.
First you go home with half truth which sadly is the same as now knowing at all. Secondly, distorted information can kill: arouse wrong feelings and wrong responses.
In the Bible, Joshua signed a pact with the Gibeonites that would trouble the Israelites in their latter years based on believing half truth… So also the story of Jesus has been perverted over the years. E.g. wise men coming to baby Jesus – the submission in Palm tree-palm Sunday.
The birth and death of Jesus Christ is just like a comma in a sentence. The Full sentence is stated in the Scriptures below:
2 Timothy 1:9, 10; Isaiah 9:6; Gen. 24:60; Matt. 28:18
The concept God’s eternal purpose found in 1 Tim. 6:15-16 Gen. 3:14-15 Numbers 12:6-8 speaks of a God who decided to share His eternal glory with people and how the Devil through the fall of Adam thought he had thwarted it. Luke 4:5-6 (my emphasis – His boast)
CORONATION DAY OF KINGS
Although the fall festival of Rosh HaShanah marks the first day of the new Jewish calendar year, Nisan in the spring is actually considered the beginning of the annual festival cycle.
CORONATION DAY OF KINGS
The Jewish commentaries in the Mishnah tell us that the year of the reign of Jewish kings was counted from Nisan in biblical times.
Israel’s two diasporas – in 722 and 586 B.C. – and the collapse of the Jewish Monarchy led to the recognition of Tishri and Rosh HaShanah, rather than Nisan and Passover, as the head of the year. Put another way, Jews came to honor the Civil New Year in the fall, rather than the Spiritual New Year in the spring.
How do we know that the kings of Israel are crowned at Passover? In 1 Kings, it says this: “… in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the House of Adonai. ‘
(I Kings 6:1) It is repeated in
II Chronicles 3:2 as well.
In the ancient world, then, Israelites regarded the 1st of Nisan as the New Year for Kings, and the festival of Passover as the actual coronation day.
Little known to Gentiles, this amazing, truth throws new light on that most historic of all Passovers. The day that Jesus was crucified was also the traditional Jewish day for the Coronation of Kings!
On the morning of that day – Passover, the 15th of Nisan – Jesus was given a public coronation, recognized by both Roman and Jewish leaders.
(John 19:1-8). Here, Jesus is crowned, clothed, in a royal garment and presented by the Gentile Pilate, as “the man. ” Perhaps it would be more accurate to say, “the one.”
It is as though Pilate is saying to the Jews, “Here is the one you’ve been looking for, your King, the one you call Messiah.” No doubt, he knew about the Jewish national dream that a political and spiritual Savior would come to bring in their promised Kingdom.
(John 9:9-14). (Jn. 19:19)
The wording makes it clear, not only that Pilate had personally written the sign, but that he recognized Jesus as King of the Jews. Through the hand of a pagan Roman Procurator, the Spirit of the Lord spoke with complete and final authority. Jesus was King!
THE CROWN OF FULFILLMENT
Upon His head was a crown. Its thorns represent the result of Adam’s sin – the curse of the ground – documented in Genesis 3:18.
THE CROWN OF FULFILLMENT
(GEN. 3:17-19) CONTD
The thorns for the crown were gathered by Roman soldiers who wove it into a suitable shape, then forced it onto His head, doubtless producing a series of bleeding wounds.
Thus, as His blood poured over the thorns, Jesus took upon Himself not only the sin of mankind, but the curse upon earth! In that historical moment, we were washed in the blood of the Lamb, and so was the earth.
In His coronation, and the events that followed on that Passover day, the curse of sin upon humanity was forever broken … and the curse upon the earth removed!
That’s why He insisted on the Passover (death and Resurrection – first fruits) being a yearly occasion – to point attention to His eternal work, which terminates in Rapture and Rev. 21:1-5.
That’s our only hope of defence, our only hope for sustenance and answers to prayers.
WHY DID JESUS FOLD THE NAPKIN?
- Jn. 20:7
- The folded napkin meant, “I’m coming back!“
- He is Coming Back!
WHY DID JESUS FOLD THE NAPKIN? CONTD.
It is the fulfillment of the covenant He made with mankind in the garden – bruising the head of the serpent. The subdue and the thresh hold covenant which Christians don’t keep. He didn’t save people for the fun of it – He saved them to rule them. That’s why He was crowned king in Easter.