John says that Jesus was crucified on the Friday before Passover (John 19:14), called the Day of Preparation.
Jesus entered Jerusalem in the Triumphal Entry the week before Passover on Selection Day, that is, the day each family selected the lamb to be sacrificed.
Jesus’ final meal with his apostles was likely on Thursday night before Passover, and yet it was a Passover meal (Mat 26:17-19; Mark 14:14; Luk 22:15), likely taken out of time, although opinions differ.
For our present purposes, the point is that the Lord’s Supper carries Passover symbolism, and so it’s helpful to consider what the Passover was really like in Jesus’s day. Continue reading