It was two days before the Passover. Some very important men, the chief priest and scribes—spiritual leaders of the people—sought how they might kill Yahshua. But they were also afraid of the people who loved and followed Yahshua’s teachings. They were very jealous of Him. They wanted the people to follow only them.
Yahshua was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper. As He ate, a woman grabbed an alabaster box of ointment called spikenard, which is very expensive and precious oil. She broke the box and poured it on His head. This was an act of great respect from the woman to Yahshua who thought nothing was too good for Him. When the disciples saw this they were upset. They thought the woman wasted the oil. They could have sold the oil and given the money to the poor. Yahshua told His disciples not to bother the woman; she had done a good deed to Him. He told them they would always have the poor but He would not always be with them. And that she had poured the oil on Him for His burial.
Satan entered into Judas, one of Yahshua’s own twelve disciples. He went to the chief priest and asked what they would give him if he handed Yahshua to them. The chief priest agreed to give him thirty pieces of silver.
On the day of Passover Yahshua told His disciples Peter and John to prepare the Passover so they could eat. The disciples did as they were told. Yahshua also kept the Passover remembering the slaying of the Passover lamb the Israelites killed the night the death angel passed over all Yahweh’s people who had blood on the doorpost of their house.
As evening came Yahshua sat down with his twelve disciples. He knew that He would die soon and go to His Father Yahweh. He loved His disciples very much. Yahshua rose from supper, laid aside His clothes and wrapped a towel around Himself. In doing this act, Yahshua dressed Himself as a servant would, teaching us not to think of ourselves as better than others and to help our brethren. After that He poured water in a bowl and began to wash his disciples’ feet. When He came to Peter, Peter asked Him “Why are you washing my feet?” Yahshua replied, “What I do to you now you do not understand, but you will know later.” Peter thought Yahshua should not be acting like a servant. He didn’t want Yahshua to wash his feet. Yahshua told him “If I do not wash you, then you have no part in me.” Peter then let Yahshua wash His feet.
When Yahshua finished washing their feet and put His clothes on He said, “You call Me Master, and you say well, for I am. If I, your Master, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have given you an example that you should do as I have done. For I tell you the servant is not greater than his master or he that is sent greater than he that sent him.” This is why we wash each other’s feet Passover night.
As they ate, Yahshua said, “One of you will betray me.” All his disciples were very sad and began to ask, “Master is it I?” Yahshua answered, “He that eats with me, the same shall betray me. Woe to the man that betrayed Me. It would have been better that he had not been born. Then Judas asked “Master, Is it I?” Yahshua answered “You have said.”
As they were eating Yahshua took bread and blessed it. He broke it and gave it to His disciples and said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Drink all of it for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not again drink from the fruit of the vine until I drink it with you in my Fathers’ kingdom.”
By telling his disciples to eat His body and drink His blood Yahshua was telling us that by eating unleavened bread and by drinking juice we no longer have to kill a Passover lamb. The Passover Lamb was an example of Yahshua’s dying for our sins. We now have a perfect Messiah who never sinned. Through His death we can be forgiven. He is now our Passover sacrifice.
After supper they sang a song and went to the Mount of Olives. Yahshua told his disciples to pray. They were tired and fell asleep. Yahshua walked a little farther and fell on His face and prayed saying, “Abba, Father all things are possible with You, take away this cup from Me; but not as I will, but as You will.” Yahshua knew that He was going to go through much pain. He was scared. He prayed to Yahweh that he would not have to go through all the pain, but He prayed whatever you want to happen, let that happen. When Yahshua came back He told His disciples, “Rise up, let us go, He that betrayed me is here.”
Immediately, as He spoke, came Judas. With him was a great number of men who had swords from the chief priest and the scribes and elders. Judas had told the men: whomever I kiss is the man you are looking for. Take him away to safety. Judas walked up to Yahshua, said “Master,” and kissed Him. The men grabbed Yahshua and took Him away.
The chief priest, elders, and all the council tried to find someone to accuse Yahshua of doing something wrong; but they could find no one. At last came two false witnesses. They said, “This man said I am able to destroy the temple of Yahweh and to build it up in three days.” When Yahshua said this He was talking about himself rising up from the grave after three days. The high priest arose and said to Yahshua, “Why do you not answer? What is it that these men speak against you?” Yahshua said nothing. The high priest answered and said to Him, “I ask You by the living Elohim that you tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of Yahweh.” Yahshua said to him, “You have said: nevertheless I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes and accused Yahshua of blasphemy. They decided Yahshua was guilty of death. Then they spit on his face and buffeted him. Others slapped him with their hands.
When Judas found out that Yahshua was found guilty he was very sorry for betraying Yahshua. He brought the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priest and elders, saying, “I have sinned.” They answered, “What is that to us?” Judas threw down the silver in the temple, left, and hung himself.
Then Yahshua was taken before the governor, Pilate. Pilate didn’t want Yahshua killed. He tried to let Yahshua go, but he saw the crowd wanted him dead. Pilate took water and washed his hands before the people and said, “I am innocent of the blood of this person.” Then all the people answered, “His blood be upon us and our children.”
Then the soldiers of the governor took Yahshua into the common hall and gathered a whole band of soldiers. They took of His clothes and put on Him a scarlet-colored robe. They put a crown of thorns on his head and a staff in his right hand. They bowed before Him and teased and mocked Him saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spit on Him. They took the staff and hit Him on the head. After that they mocked Him, took off his robe and put his own clothes back on.
Then they lead him away to be impaled.
They went to a place named Golgotha, also known as the place of a skull. They impaled Yahshua. His hands and feet were nailed to a stake as it lay upon the ground. Then they lifted the stake up and fastened it to the ground. It was a painful and shameful death above any other. Yahshua was impaled between two thieves or men who stole other people’s belongings. Pilate wrote a sign and put it above Yahshua on the stake. It read Yahshua of Nazareth, The King of the Jews.
From around noon till three o’clock in the afternoon darkness covered the land. Around three Yahshua called out “My El, My El, why have you forsaken me?” Yahshua had taken on the sins of the world and Yahweh could not look at Him. Some men that were nearby heard Yahshua call out and ran and took a sponge filled with vinegar. They put it on a long stick for him to drink. Then Yahshua said, “It is finished.” Then He bowed his head and died. Yahshua was put in a new tomb. A tomb is a hand-made cave in a big rock or cliff. A big stone was rolled to the door of the tomb. Soldiers sealed the stone to the tomb. They guarded the tomb. After three days at the end of the Sabbath a great earthquake came. An angel of Yahweh dressed in white came down from heaven, rolled back the stone from the door of the tomb and sat on it.
The tomb was empty. Yahshua had risen! Yahshua talked to a couple of women who followed Him and His disciples before going back to be with Yahweh. Before Yahshua left His disciples he told them, “Go out and teach all people and baptize them, teaching them to obey everything I taught you. For I am with you always even to the ends of the world.”
And that is what we should be doing today, teaching others about Yahweh and telling them how Yahshua died for us.