1. Jesus, An Actual Lamb, Lamb of God
(Ex 12) The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month will stand at the head of your calendar; you will reckon it the first month of the year. Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every family must procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household. If a household is too small for a lamb, it along with its nearest neighbor will procure one, and apportion the lamb’s cost in proportion to the number of persons, according to what each household consumes. Your lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish. You may take it from either the sheep or the goats. You will keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then, with the whole community of Israel assembled, it will be slaughtered during the evening twilight.
Mark (14) On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
Jesus entered Jerusalem on the 10th day of Nisan, as a passover lamb, waited there until the 14th of the month (Holy Thursday, 1st day of feast of unleavened bread), and had Himself slaughtered on the 1st Eucharistic Altar in a large upper room of a house, where He said, This is My Body & This is My Blood which will be given up for us. Let’s notice here Jesus did not bodily die on the PassOver, instead He died on Good Friday for another fulfillment yet it was in the “Passover Celebration” or rather (Eucharistic Celebration) that He wanted His Church to celebrate in remembrance of Him, just like the Jews celebrated the Passover to celebrate the Exodus of Israelites.
2. Jesus, a Non-Symbolic Sacrificial Sacraments vs. Symbolic Old Testament Sacrifices
The elders of the community shall lay their hands on the bull’s head before the LORD. When the bull has been slaughtered before the LORD, the anointed priest shall bring some of its blood into the tent of meeting, and dipping his finger in the blood, he shall sprinkle it seven times before the LORD, toward the veil. He shall also put some of the blood on the horns of the altar which is before the LORD in the tent of meeting. The rest of the blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar for burnt offerings which is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.
The blood of bull has no efficacy of their soul, it is because the Jews are keeping the law that God made them righteous, in Judeo-Christian religions, sacrifices means “giving up something for greater good”, in contrast to some other pagan and tribal practices where sacrifice means “to tame an angry god”, “to pay debt so we don’t owe god”, “an object for angry God to punish”, or many other non Christian views. Jesus wants Mercy, not Wrath.
Jesus came to be sacrificed to truly for all mankind, and His death DOES have a direct efficacy on us, His followers, to pay for our sins eternally. It is said to be common these days that Catholics are forgetting how they can enter heaven, but it was in the baptism that Jesus made us His Children and have the right to enter heaven, but in baptism we strongly confess that we are dead with Christ and allow His blood to come to cleanse us. In the Holy Communion His body & blood give us Life, an eternal life. In Sacrament of Confession, His blood was ministered once again for re-cleansing just like a bull was sacrificed again each time Israel committed a sin.
(Psalm) The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed. Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him from them all. He watches over all his bones; not one of them shall be broken.
(Zachariah) I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of mercy and supplication, so that when they look on him whom they have thrust through, they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and they will grieve for him as one grieves over a firstborn
(Numbers) But you shall celebrate it in the second month, on the fourteenth day of that month during the evening twilight, eating it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs, and not leaving any of it over till morning, nor breaking any of its bones, but observing all the statutes of the Passover.
Jesus leg was not broken, but pierced, everyone mourned over Him, even the angels in heaven. His bone was a true passover mean, for a passover lamb should be roasted in whole, not broken into pieces.
3. Jesus, The New Covenant / New Testament
Then, having sent young men of the Israelites to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice young bulls as communion offerings to the LORD, Moses took half of the blood and put it in large bowls; the other half he splashed on the altar.Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people, who answered, “All that the LORD has said, we will hear and do.” Then he took the blood and splashed it on the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you according to all these words.”
As Moses splashed the Blood on the people in the Old Covenant, Jesus splashed His Blood over the earth in the New Covenant on Good Friday, it is in His Suffering, Death, Resurrection the New that this new covenant covers. Each time we celebrate a non bloody Sacrifice (Eucharist) and take It upon ourselves, we celebrate and reenact the New Covenant upon ourselves. Good Friday in itself also completes Holy Thursday.
4. Jesus, the 2nd Adam, Recreated Life
(1 Cor) For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life
(Romans) For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous
- Adam received and lost Life by disobedience, Jesus by obedience has become the source of Everlasting Life, it was not Jesus suffering that gave Him merit of Glory, it was His obedience and Love even unto death and such suffering that merit Him over all the universe.
- Adam welcomed death to the world in the garden of eden, Jesus destroy death by His own Death in the garden of Getsemani (when the resurrection comes).
- Adam the father of all fallen mankind, Jesus is the father of all Living & Reconciled mankind, though Jesus is the Owner of all living being in the first place.
- Adam’s blood invades the whole creatures, Jesus when pierced on the cross splashed Blood and Water (mix of both form Life) to all Creatures, including Adam, in our tradition, His blood and water from His stomach spilled at Golgotha and went down through soil, and touched the skull of Adam, who was buried underneath His cross.
5. Jesus Recreated the World
In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters – Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light.
On the first day of the week, palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem like God created and entered the world with all His triumph
On The 6th day : God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.
On the 6th day of the week, Friday, Jesus died on the very day mankind was created, His blood and water spilled on earth resurrected mankind once again on earth, the earth (and man) was recreated again spiritually.
On the seventh day God completed the work he had been doing; he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken.
For six days you may do your work, but on the seventh day you must rest,g that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and that the son of your maidservant and the resident alien may be refreshed.
On 7th days, Jesus completed the work He had been doing, He rested in a tomb from all the work he had undertaken.