Thursday, April 17, 2014

Interesting Bible Facts about Easter


The Kidron Valley

According to John 18:1, when Jesus traveled to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray on the night before he was crucified, he crossed the Kidron valley. The Hebrew word, Kidron means dark or black. The valley got its name because the temple was directly above this valley and as the animals were sacrificed, their blood ran out of the temple and into the Kidron Valley, turning the ground black as it dried. Isn’t it amazing to realize Jesus passed through this valley on his way to the cross? I wonder what went through His mind as he stepped on the black ground. I wonder if He pictured my face–and yours?

Judas

According to Matthew 27:3-7, after Judas betrayed Jesus for just 30 pieces of silver, Judas felt remorse and tried to give the silver back to the chief priests and elders. In doing this, he threw the silver into the sanctuary of the temple. The chief priests bought a potters field with it.

Interestingly, thirty pieces of silver was the price stated in Exodus 21:33 for the life of a slave. Zechariah 11:13 foretold this: “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them.’ So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw to the potter in the house of the Lord.”

Prophet, Priest, and King

Jesus He was Prophet, Priest, King, the great intercessor, the perfect lamb, fully God yet fully man. We know He was a priest and king but how was He a prophet? As a prophet, He occasionally acted in classic prophet manner. The prophets often dramatized situations. Hosea married a harlot to illustrate Israel’s infidelity, Jeremiah hid his waistband in a rock and came back to find it ruined to illustrate God’s destruction of the pride of Judah and the pride of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 13:1-8.) Just read the 4th & 5th chapters of Ezekiel and you will see many such dramatizations. When did Jesus act in similar prophet fashion? When He broke the bread and drank the wine illustrating his death and resurrection. This upcoming event (found in all of the gospels, see Luke 22:19-20 as one example) was not explained by a sermon as much as a drama.