No! It was an offering of the ultimate expression of love and covenant obedience!
How Yahusha arranged his own death as an offering of love to save his brothers
One of the most basic tenants of the Faith of the Nazarenes, is that Yahusha was the Fulfillment of the Promise to The House of Zadok to be the Eternal High Priest. Yahusha’ offered his life as a ‘living sacrifice’, his life was not taken unwillingly as a ‘human sacrifice’. I will demonstrate that Yahusha arranged his own execution out of love to fulfill his role as The Branch in covenant with Yahuah.
John 10 - The Good Shepherd and his sheep who enter through the Narrow Gate of Passover “1 Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate (Passover by Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering), but climbs in by some other way (Easter or Seder), is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who (properly) enters by the gate (giving his life as an offering on Passover) is the Shepherd of the (rest of the) sheep. 3 The gatekeeper (Yahuah) opens the gate for him (the Shepherd Yahusha who leads us out of a life of bondage into a new life of freedom from sin by his Passover example), and the sheep (we too are lambs of Yahuah) listen to his (Yahusha’s) voice (example). He calls his own sheep (Passover Lambs) by name and leads them out (of this physical world and into The Kingdom of Yahuah through walking The Way on Passover). 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them (as the Forefather of Everlasting Life Isaiah 9:6 laying down his life as an example to follow: offering his life as a living sacrifice and suffering at the stake on Passover), and his sheep follow him (in the Passover example he set of Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering) because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Yahusha used this figure of speech (Mystery Language Alert!), but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them (1 Cor. 1:23). 7 Therefore Yahusha said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am (My example is) the gate (the Passover Lamb and true and living way to follow) for the (rest of the) sheep (lambs of Yahuah). 8 All (pagan god-men, incarnated 'God in the flesh') who have come before me (claiming to be the Christ) are thieves and robbers, but the (true) sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate (the Passover Lamb and the way or the example to follow); whoever enters through me (follows My reverent submissive example on Passover) will be saved (from death. Yahuah will save them as He did Yahusha Hebrews 5:7-11 raising the human Messiah granting him eternal life... the meaning of Passover). They will come in (by following Yahusha’s example Mikveh, Circumcision, and offering their lives as a living sacrifice on Passover) and go out (into The Kingdom of Yahuah), and find pasture (rest). 10 The thief (incarnated demi-gods) comes only to steal and kill and destroy (by abolishing Passover for a sacrifice of a pig on Easter); I have come (to set the example and show the way i.e. Shepherd) that they may have (eternal) life (by following My example), and have it to the full (fulfillment of The Heavenly Scroll CAPRICORNUS). 11 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life (as a living sacrifice on Passover to pay the dowry for his Bride) for the sheep (to follow as an example, as he Shepherds us through the gate, we are all Passover Lambs).
The Messiah was not “sacrificed” by another to a ‘god’, he came to give his life as an offering to show us The Way! The problem is, I know of no teacher on Earth that properly teaches The Way through The Narrow Gate… the example of Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering on Passover. To understand “why” Yahusha gave his life, we must know The Way and the purpose of The Messiah to fulfill The Plan of Salvation written in the stars. I produced the following video, watch it before going any further or you will never understand what Yahusha came here to do and why he gave his life on Passover.
Yahusha was fulfilling The Heavenly Scroll which declares that eternal life will spring from the death of The Branch/Groom who pays the dowry for his Bride with his own life to redeem her from death as her High Priest.
Ephesians 5 “25 Husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved the body and (willingly) gave himself up for her (as the Passover Lamb) 26 to make her holy, (ritually) cleansing her by the washing with (living) water (Mikveh), through the commandments (circumcision of heart) 27 and to present her (properly) to himself as a radiant assembly (Bride), without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish (as spotless Passover Lambs of Yahuah), but holy and blameless (on Passover).
The Heavenly Scroll VIRGO: A young maiden will give a virgin birth (the Branch will open her womb and be the firstborn and heir) to a beautiful glorious and righteous branch. The seed of the woman will be a man of humiliation to rise to be the desire of nations and will become exalted first as shepherd (High Priest/Spring Feasts) then as harvester (Conquering King/Fall Feasts). LIBRA: The scales demand a price to be paid of this seed (he must pay the dowry with his life), the wood of the sacrifice to carry; the victim will be slain and purchase a crown. SCORPIO: There is a conflict between the seed and the serpent leading to a struggle with the enemy, the enemy is vanquished. SAGITTARIUS: The double-natured seed (King and High Priest) triumphs as a warrior and pleases the heavens, builds fires of punishment, casts down the dragon. CAPRICORNUS:Eternal life comes from his death, he's the Arrow of God, he is pierced, yet springs up again in abundant life. AQUARIUS: He pours out “living water” from on high, humanity drinks of the heavenly river and the faithful live again, he is the deliverer of the good news (Gospel), Carrying the wood of the sacrifice over the earth. PISCES: The Redeemer's people multiplied, supported and led by the Lamb, The Bride is exposed on earth, the Bridegroom is exalted. ARIES: The Lamb is found worthy, the Bride is made ready, Satan is bound, the strong man triumphs. TAURUS: The conquering Ruler comes, the sublime vanquisher, to execute the great judgment, he is the ruling Shepherd King. GEMINI: The Marriage of the Lamb, the enemy is trodden down, the Prince comes in great Glory. CANCER: The great Bride, the two Houses of Judah and Israel are united, they are brought safely into the kingdom. LEO: The Lion King is aroused for rending, the Serpent flees, the Bowl of Wrath is upon him, his Carcass is devoured. The Lion of the tribe of Judah rules as King.
Yahusha then entered into a covenant with The Creator in Zechariah Chapter 3 that “IF” he fulfills his role as High Priest and pays the dowry willingly to redeem his Bride in fulfillment of The Heavenly Scroll, “THEN” Yahuah would declare him The Branch (the fulfillment of The Word of His Testimony written in the stars), seat him King over His Household, and forgive the iniquity and remember the sins of his Bride ‘no more’ and his Bride would live again.
We see that it was not a “human sacrifice” where a man is unwillingly sacrificed to a god by another man, it had to be Yahusha’s choice out of love to die to fulfill The Heavenly Scroll to redeem his Bride. For more on the covenant between The Messiah and The Creator to be “the Branch” click here.
Zechariah 3 Yahusha's sin forgiven through Mikveh, Yahuah consecrates Yahusha High Priest directly, and enters into The Yahushaic Covenant to "forgive our sin" ___________________________________________________ 1 Then he showed me Yahusha the high priest standing before the angel of YHVH, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 YHVH said to Satan, “YHVH rebuke you, Satan! YHVH, who has chosen Jerusalem (because Satan is attempting to get Yahusha NOT to empty himself of his right to the throne and take the kingdom by force Matthew 4:9), rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire (Yahusha had been in the desert for 40 days with little food Matthew 4:2)?” 3 Now Yahusha was dressed in filthy clothes (metaphor of sin Isaiah 64:6) as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then YHVH said to Yahusha, “See, I have taken away your sin (Yahusha had just been Mikveh'd clean of his sin by John to fulfill the Righteous Requirements of The Law Matthew 3:13-17 and Ezekiel 36:24-31), and I will put fine garments (of the High Priest) on you.” 5 Then I said, “Put a clean turban (of the High Priest Hebrews 4:15) on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him (in the garments of the High Priest), while the angel of YHVH stood by. 6 The angel of YHVH gave this charge to Yahusha (here is The Yahushaic Covenant!) 7 “This is what YHVH Almighty says: ‘IF (Yahuah makes a conditional promise, a COVENANT; that Yahusha must give his life to pay the dowry willingly to fulfill The Plan of Salvation ) you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements (of The Branch foretold in The Heavenly Scroll to come FIRST as Suffering Servant and die THEN Conquering King to rule AND walk with no sin as High Priest Hebrews 4:15), THEN (here is the promise if he fulfills The Heavenly Scroll as The Glorious Righteous Branch Virgo and gives his life out of love to pay the dowry to redeem his Bride) you will govern my house (i.e. King over the government that will govern creation Isaiah 9:6 and Constellation LEO) and have charge of my courts (Eternal Judge 2 Cor 5:10), and I will give you a place (right hand of YHVH Mark 16:19) among these standing here 8 “‘Listen, High Priest Yahusha, you and your associates seated (who came) before you (probably Adam, Enoch, Moses, Elijah, etc.), who (those seated before him) are men symbolic of things (foretold in the stars) to come (they were not The Branch just shadows/prototypes): I am going to bring (you from this point forward IF you fulfill this agreement and give your life willingly to pay the dowry) My servant (Isaiah 61), The Branch (he is The Messiah and fulfillment of The Heavenly Scroll Virgo). 9 See, the stone I have set in front of Yahusha! There are seven streams of living water (eyes) on that one stone (witness written in stone as Yahusha was full of the 7 Spirits Revelation 5:6), and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says YHVH Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day (Jeremiah 31:34 - Yahuah will fulfill His promise to "forgive our iniquity and remember our sin no more" in a NEW covenant with Yahusha).
Yahusha then literally arranged his own death to save his brothers and manipulated the unbelieving Jews into killing him on Passover to fulfill The Heavenly Scroll as the Feast Cycle is an annual celebration of The Plan of Salvation laid out in “shamayim/stars”!
John 15 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. 1 John 3 16 By this we know what love is: Yahusha laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. John 10 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again (Yahuah's promise if he obeyed and gave his life). This command I received from my Father (Zechariah Chapter 3)." 1 Timothy 2:6 who (Yahusha/The Branch) gave Himself (willingly) as a ransom (dowry) for all (his Bride) -- the testimony of Yahusha (The Heavenly Scroll) that was fulfilled at JUST THE RIGHT TIME. Mark 10 44 and whoever (fulfills The Heavenly Scroll) wants to be first (rule as The Lion of the Tribe of Judah/LEO) must be the slave of all (first come as The Suffering Servant to die for his Bride LIBRA). 45 For even the Son of Man (ORIONin The Heavenly Scroll) did not come (the first time in the 4,000th year as foretold in The Heavenly Scroll to die at the end of The Age of Aries the the Lamb click here) to be served (as Conquering King TAURUS), but (to empty himself of his right to rule VIRGO and) to serve (as The Suffering Servant CAPRICORN), and to give His life as a ransom (dowry CAPRICORN) for many (to redeem his Bride from death and call her out from among the nations Age of Pisces).” Titus 2 14 Yahusha (emptied himself of his right to rule mankind VIRGO) gave himself (willingly to Yahuah as High Priest) for us to redeem us (pay the dowry PISCES) from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people (Bride/PISCES) for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Yahusha was willingly fulfilling The Heavenly Scroll… on purpose!
We never quite get the real story from our modern-day teachers and anti-messianic “Jews” who deny the Messiah leaving us all questioning the sacrifice of Yahusha. We have erred in our understanding the Plan of Salvation, and run the very real risk of falling out of Covenant with Yahuah in our ignorance (lack of Knowledge). Worse yet, we are being led to commit blasphemy against the Spirit of Yahuah by modern translations.
How did Yahusha give his own life?
Hebrews 10:7 Then I said, 'Here I am--it is written about me in the heavenly scroll-- I have come to do your will, my God! (Matthew 6:10) Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom (proclaimed in shamayim/heaven/the stars) come, Your will be done, on earth as it is (written) in (the) heaven(ly scroll).
With that introduction, I will turn it over to Biblical Scholar and Historian Robert D. Mock MD to tell us all “the rest of the story”…
The Fulfillment of Passover
by Robert D. Mock MD
Let us turn our attention to the events which led up to the crucifixion. Galilee and Judea were astir, for it was a Sabbatical Passover that occurred every seven years. According to Mosaic Law, every seventh year the land would rest, with no cultivation. The only produce during that year that could be grown, was that which grew naturally, whether it was fruits or grains.
We see Yahusha heading to Jerusalem, and for the first time he cautions his disciples to arm themselves, if nothing more than self-defense. Peter takes on the stance of a personal bodyguard of Yahusha. Prior to Yahusha’ arrival word reaches him of the death of several Zealot patriots, which give every appearance that the perimeters of Jerusalem, or at least the City of David, had been secured in anticipation of a general uprising. Then the battering rams were brought into the Kidron Valley. Soon the strong tower of Siloam toppled and with it the death of eighteen Zealot defenders.
The 8th of Nisan (Aviv) – Yahusha at Bethany
John 12:1 “Then, six days before the Passover, Yahusha came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom he had raised from the dead.”
It was now six days before the Passover (8th of Nisan), and Yahusha was arriving in Bethany. At this time he was a hunted man. Ever since the resurrection of Lazarus, a few days’ prior, the Jewish leadership, were plotting to put Yahusha to death.” (John 11:53)
John 11:49-50; 53-54 “And one of them, Caiphas, being the high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish…Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death. Therefore, Yahusha no longer walked openly among the Jews (because it was not yet time to die), but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples (until he could arrange his own death on Passover to fulfill The Heavenly Scroll "at just the right time" 1 Timothy 2:6).”
In the few days prior to the Passover, Yahusha had escaped with his disciples to a wilderness town of Ephraim. (John 11:54). There they waited out the days before the Passover. The tension was high. The suspense was intense.
The city of Jerusalem was abuzz. Pilgrims by the hundreds of thousands were thronging into the city. As with every year, this was the day when they anticipated the announcement of the coming of the Messiah. Would this be the year? The pilgrims in route would collect palm branches and cedar boughs to bring with them in anticipation of the Messiah. As with every festival, every living space a pilgrim resided. There they entered the mitzvah baths to purify themselves. And then at the temple, they awaited and watched for the coming of the Messiah. The whole populace was also in anticipation of whether Yahusha would come to the feast. Also the chief priests and Pharisees were also waiting, for ‘if anyone knew where he was, the word was out that he should report it, so that the temple leaders might seize him. (John 11:35)
John 11:56-57 “Then they sought Yahusha, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, ‘What do you think – that he will not come to the feast?’ Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where he was, he should report it, that they might seize him (their intention was not to kill him on Passover, they were manipulated into that by Yahusha who did not allow himself to be captured until the Eve of Passover).”
The 9th of Nisan (Aviv) – Yahusha as Guest of Honor with Simon the Pharisee
On the eve of the fifth day before Passover, Yahusha was a guest of honor in the home of Simon, in a celebration feast. There, Mary Magdalene, the sister of Martha and Lazarus was also an honored guest. She opened an alabaster vase with a pound of spikenard and anointed the head and the feet of Yahusha, in the manner of anointing a king.
Matthew 26:6 “And when Yahusha was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table.” John 12:1-4 “Then, six days before the Passover, Yahusha came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Yahusha, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray him (at Yahusha's request), said, ‘Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?’”
The 10th of Nisan (Aviv) – Yahusha Arrives in Jerusalem as a King of the House of David
It was on the evening prior to the day of the lamb selection by the high priest, Yahusha made special preparations with his disciples (talmidim) for the events of the next day. It was a secret mission. Yahusha knew that on the fourth day before the Passover, the High Priest was to leave the city through the north gate as he went to the sheep herds and inspected the yearling flock for the most perfect lamb of the season. With this in mind, Yahusha then laid out his strategy with his disciples (to usurp the High Priest’s Authority so that he would want to kill him).
Caiphas, the high priest was returning from the northern fields with the Passover Lamb in hand and as he entered the northern Damascus Gate, the street was empty. What’s going on! When he hears that Rabbi Yahusha has entered the city as a royal aspirant to the throne of David, the Messiah who is come, he was furious.
Type met antitype at this moment. The Passover Lamb met the Lamb of Yahuah!
Yahusha on the other hand, passed under the Robinson’s Archway of the Royal Causeway and dismounted at the base of the assent to the Royal Stoa of the Temple. Up the vast gateway he climbed. This entry gate was awe-inspiring with polished limestone capped with fold plated Corinthian capitals. Into the Royal Stoa, he strode. It was a long hallway straddled out before him with four broad columned aisles. There in the quietness of the Royal Stoa, in the stillness of the hour, in the temple of his Father, he prayed. It was getting late, so he left the Temple and walked over to Bethany.
The 11th of Nisan –Yahusha Throws out the Moneychangers
The next day, Yahusha returned to Jerusalem and entered the temple. Along the street the merchants were setting up their stalls to begin the commercial activity of the day. The lower market was a very busy area. There were cheeses in mounds, baskets with all manner of fruit in them, jars with wine and various types of grain bread lying in piles on the side. Merchants from the east were unloading a wagon of silk, as farmers and traders jostled as they weaved in and out of the crowds. Here they came to a large plaza with a monumental stairway leading up to the double gate of the temple mount.
Yahusha squinted his eyes and then His face began to flush with anger. He picked up a whip and began overturning tables, chasing out the merchants, with sheep, oxen, and pigeons careening in three dimensions. In a provocative show of force, he threw out the money exchangers and the commerce in the temple courts suddenly ceased.
The 11th to the 13th of Nisan – the Attempted Revolt by the Zealots
For three days, the sacrificial system ceased (enraging the Temple Elite costing them a fortune) and it appeared that Yahusha had full control of the Temple compound. He spent the time preaching and healing the masses of pilgrims.
With an estimated one million attendees to the Passover, a three-day shutdown was a major financial blow to the high priest Caiphas and the House of Ananus, along with the Sadducean authorities, who made millions of shekels for their own personal bank portfolios. Yet the Sadducean Temple guards, and the Roman cohort of troops (about 500), made no attempt to arrest Yahusha because they feared the people who were in sympathetic support of the ministry of Yahusha (this is ‘why’ Yahusha had to orchestrate his execution at night on the Eve of Passover because he knew they would have to try him in private and quickly).
Matthew 21:46-46 “Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.”
Was Yahusha the Nazarene an armed revolutionary? No! Though anti-Christian literature later would depict Him as such, we must understand the political and seething cauldron that Jerusalem was in that day. The Zealots as can be suspected (Luke 23:19) took advantage of the political environment to seal the perimeters of the city, in hopes of staging a political coup. They were hoping to force Yahusha to make a rightful claim to the throne of David. Knowing His allegiance with the multitudes, His powers over nature, His ability to heal, and raise the dead to life, there was every expectation that this claimant, Yahusha, would succeed and lay full claim to the Messianic legacy.
By the 14th of Nisan, the Zealot forces went into retreat without the full support of Yahusha and the thousands of the supporters of His cause. Yahusha had come as the “Prince of Peace” not as a fiery messianic warlord, like David. The revolt in the making fizzled out. The price of the failed revolt, was the lifeless body of Judas, hanging from a tree in a potter’s field.
The Four Days of Inspection
According to the Mosaic instructions on the observance of the Passover, the lamb was to be inspected by the High Priest and cohanim for four days before the Passover slaying of the lamb. For four days, Yahusha was also inspected, interrogated, accosted, intimidated, and challenged by the Pharisees, scribes and lawyers.
From the 11th to the 14th of Nisan, the Passover Lamb stood in the inner temple arena and was scrutinized by the high priest and Sadducees. On these same four days, Yahusha stood in the outer courts of the temple, ministering to the populous and repeatedly responding to the inspecting challenges by the rabbinic masters of law, halakhah, temple authority, and religious dogma, or eventually in the judgment hall of Pilate listening to the slanderous accusations against Him.
What was the Nature of these Challenges by the Pharisees, Herodians, Sadducees, and Scribes
The first challenge against Yahusha was on the authority of Yahusha, and who gave Him his authority? (Matt 21:23-27, Mark, 11: 27-33, Luke 20:1-8)
You see, today we have forgotten what our King did for us that Passover. He literally arranged every aspect of his death to ensure he “willingly gave his life” and that it could not be seen as a human sacrifice… but an obedient “living sacrifice” in love by The Coming King of Kings who must die to be found worthy to rule… exactly “on time” as the Age of Aries transitioned to The Age of Pisces and “the lamb died”…
PISCES: The Redeemer's people multiplied, supported and led by the Lamb, The Bride is exposed on earth, the Bridegroom is exalted. ARIES: The Lamb is found worthy, the Bride is made ready
No you know… “the rest of the story“!