Mark 14:1 ” Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some sly way to arrest Jesus and kill Him.”

The city of Jerusalem was becoming over-run with throngs of people as the Feast drew near…all of them looking forward to the yearly celebration of Passover.  But the Pharisees and Sadducees had much more sinister plans in the works…”they were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus.” (Luke 22:2)   But how could they penetrate and mislead one of the inner circle around Jesus and thus gain access?  The answer came in one of the most unlikely but saddest verses in the Bible, “Then Satan entered Judas…” (Luke 22:3)  Now no one knows for certain why Judas betrayed Jesus…he was a loyal and highly respected one of the Twelve who even had the responsibility of the community purse.  But despite all he had experienced, heard, and seen traveling with Jesus…Judas willingly became a traitor and informer.

John 19:36 ” These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: ‘Not one of His bones will be broken,’ and, as another scripture says, ‘They will look on the one they have pierced.’ “

The Lord gave Moses many regulations and restrictions about the Passover Lamb, one being, the breaking of the lamb’s bones was forbidden. As it was with the Lamb of God…none of His bones were broken by the guards as He hung on the Cross. David prophesied this in Psalm 34:20 when he wrote, ” He protects all His bones, not one of them will be broken.” The Old Testament Prophet Zechariah gave us insight into the last bit of this scripture…”And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on Me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a first-born son.” God fulfilled to the letter what was foretold in the Old Testament about His Son.

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