The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Day 27, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 1

Deuteronomy 12:27a: It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord… 46b: Do not break any of the bones.

Numbers 9: 10 “Tell the Israelites: ‘When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they are still to celebrate the Lord’s Passover… 12 They must not leave any of it till morning or break any of its bones. When they celebrate the Passover, they must follow all the regulations.

In the Passover and sacrifice of the lamb, God foreshadowed what would happen with the Messiah.

On the 10th day of the month, the Israelites had to choose a perfect, one-year old lamb or goat. Then, four days later, at twilight, their chosen one would be sacrificed. As the sacrifice occurred, the blood would be collected. Using a stalk of hyssop, blood would be applied to the wood frame of the doorway. It went on either side and along the top. This blood then kept the angel of death from slaying the firstborn. After this, people had to stay inside the house. Under the seal of blood, they were protected.

Likewise, God chose a perfect Lamb for his sacrifice. When the people acknowledged him as Lord with Hallelujahs on Palm Sunday, the clock started. Four days later, he was crucified. Exactly four days. Just like the lamb of Passover.

Both of these Scripture references mention leaving the bones intact. Both for a meal and for a crucifixion victim, that is unusual and difficult to do. In the butchering process, bones are often cut or damaged. Just think about the meat at the grocery store. Cut bones make the meal preparation easier.

In crucifixion, most victims died slowly. So to hurry it along, officials would often break the legs. Since Christ had already died when the centurions broke the legs of the thieves, they didn’t need to do that to him. Instead, to make sure he really was a corpse, an official stabbed his side. Blood and water ran down the wood of the cross.

As the blood on the doorframe kept away the angel of death for one night, this blood upon wood conquered death for all time.

But most Jews did not expect this of the Messiah. This is why Simeon saw that Jesus would become a stumbling block for his people.

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Introduction to The Messiah Simeon Waited For

Holding Jesus

Day 3, A Sketch of Simeon

Simeon Was a Godly Man

Day 5, Simeon's Testimony

Day 6, Prophecies for the Gentiles

Day 7, Blessing to Nations

Day 8, A Holy People

Day 9, Welcoming God's Firstborn

Day 10, The Name of Simeon

Day 11, Staying Alive

Day 12, Following the Spirit

Day 13, Taking Up Jesus

Day 14, God's Slave

Day 15, True Peace

Day 16, Seeing Reality

Day 17, The Intent of the Law

Day 18, For All Peoples

Day 19, Making Mary and Joseph Marvel

Day 20, A Blessing

Day 21, Hinting at the Rest of the Story

Day 22, Mary Will Grieve

Day 23, Making Simeon into Simeon

Day 24, Prophet to the Prophets

Day 25, A Priest Like Melchizedek

Day 26, Destined for Sacrifice

Day 27, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 1

Day 28, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, part 2

Day 29, Jesus and the Passover Lamb, Part 3

Day 30, Jesus as the Lamb (con.)

Day 31, Simeon as a Man of Gratitude

Day 32, Sacrificing Lambs in the Old Testament

Day 33, The Silent Lamb

Day 34, The Messiah as Light

Day 35, Jesus the Stumbling Block

Day 36, Jesus as the Rock

Day 37, The Precious Cornerstone

Day 38, The Stone in Zion

Day 39, The Cornerstone and the Gate

Day 40, The Stone of Judgment

Day 41, Into Zion First

Day 42, Restoring the Booth of David

Day 43, Forgotten Stones

Day 44, Blessed to Receive

Day 45, Crown Him with Many Crowns

Day 46, Identifying the Son of God

Day 47, The Best Storyteller Ever

Day 48, In Bethlehem, the City of David

Day 49, Born a King

Day 50, The Living Jesus

Day 51, The Mountain Tree (Part 1)

Day 52, The Mountain Tree (Part 2)

Day 53, The Root of Jesse

Day 54, David's Branch

Day 55, The Cursed Tree

Day 56, Time Fulfilled

Day 58 through 60

Day 57, Born David's King