John 19:11 Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. . ." Jesus had said before that no one would take His life; He willingly laid it down.
When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. The garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
"Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it." That this garment was not torn is very significant. High Priest Caiaphas had torn his robe as he accused Jesus of blasphemy. According to Jewish custom, this signified his surrender as High Priest. Who was the new High Priest? Jesus, our Great High Priest. And now as High Priest on this Passover, where was the Lamb to be slain? Jesus. Hadn't He been born among the other lambs prepared for sacrifice? Why, yes. And as Jesus hung on that cross. . . But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. To every Jew watching, the flow of blood and water meant one thing--sacrifice. For when sacrifices were made, they were slaughtered on the Brazen Altar. The Priest then washed in the brazen laver as he came before God. Paul testified to this in 1 Corinthians 5:7: . . . For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Now what was done with a passover lamb? It was eaten. Hadn't Jesus told them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me (John 6:53-57)." Christianity is not cannibalistic; this is a spiritual feast. He is the Bread of Life, the Word made flesh. And His blood was shed for the remission of our sins. Are you feasting on Him? That first Passover as the Israelites feasted on the lamb slain for each household, they awoke ready to flee Egypt. He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold, and from among their tribes no one faltered (Psalm 105:37).
The Jewish Passover begins today at sunset. Our Passover began 2000 years ago on a cruel cross. Let us, in full celebration, feast on our Passover Lamb. He provides strength for our journey to our Promised Land. From death to life abundant eternal.