It was at the time of Passover, daytime and preparation before the Sabbath (Mark 15:42), that the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus took place and that Joseph of Arimathea went unto Pilate to request his body. Jesus died before nightfall which would have gone into the Sabbath being that the evening begins the new day (Genesis 1:5).
He died a brutally relentless death for us so we could experience His bold, relentless love toward us.
"But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him...on him! He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was led off— and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. They buried him with the wicked and threw him in a grave with a rich man, even though he’d never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn’t true." (Isaiah 53:9, The Message)
The Easter season, during Passover, is the time when many intentionally reflect on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. For many Jewish families, it is also the time when they commemorate the freedom from the bondage of Egypt in which "Let my people go" was a resounding plea of freedom thus God sent the plagues to fulfill His plan for the children of Israel.
Consider the events that took place years ago during this season and reflect on His redemptive work.
"Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch - as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed." 1 Corinthians 5:7
Be intentional about receiving the power of His redemptive work that is available to you.
Happy Passover! Shabbat Shalom!