For the first three centuries of Christianity, Jesus’ crucifixion as the Lamb of God was observed on the Jewish Feast of Passover.
Passover was when Hebrews in Egypt killed a lamb and put the blood over the doorposts of their house so that the angel of death would pass over.
Jesus, “who taketh away the sins of the world,” was in the tomb on the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Leaven, or yeast, is symbolic of sin, which was removed from Jewish households.)
Jesus rose from the dead on the Feast of First Fruits — “But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming” (I Cor. 15:23).
Sir Lionel Luckhoo, who is listed in Guinness Book of World Records as world’s most successful criminal attorney, stated:
“The bones of Muhammad are in Medina, the bones of Confucius are in Shantung, the cremated bones of Buddha are in Nepal.
Thousands pay pilgrimages to worship at their tombs which contain their bones. But in Jerusalem there is a cave cut into the rock.
This is the tomb of Jesus. IT IS EMPTY! YES, EMPTY! BECAUSE HE IS RISEN! He died, physically and historically. He arose from the dead, and now sits at the right hand of God.”
George Washington’s tomb is engraved with the Scripture, John 11:25, where Jesus told Martha:
“I am the Resurrection and the Life; sayeth the Lord. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.”
Composer George Frederick Handel wrote in his masterpiece Messiah, 1742:
“I know that my Redeemer liveth.”
Martin Luther remarked:
“Our Lord has written the promise of the Resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in the springtime.”
John Robinson (1576-1625) was the pastor of the Pilgrims. He wrote in his Leiden letter:
“Thus this holy army of saints is marshaled here on earth by these
officers, under the conduct of their glorious Emperor, Christ.
Thus it marches in this most heavenly order and gracious array, against all enemies, both bodily and ghostly …
Thus, through the Blood of that spotless Lamb, and that Word of their testimony, they are more than conquerors, bruising the head of the Serpent; yea, through the power of His Word, they have power to cast down Satan like lightning; to tread upon serpents and scorpions; to cast down strongholds, and everything that exalteth itself against God.
The gates of hell, and all the principalities and powers on earth shall not prevail against it.”
James Logan was Secretary for William Penn, and Chief Justice of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, 1731-39. He stated:
“Remember thou art by profession a Christian; that is, one who art called after the immaculate Lamb of God, who, by offering Himself a sacrifice for thee, atoned for thy sins …
Rouue with the more simple servants of nature, and borrowing one hour from the sleep of sluggards, spend it in thy chamber in dressing thy soul with prayer and meditation, reading the Scriptures …
Remember that the same enemy that caused thy first parents to forfeit their blessed condition, notwithstanding the gate is now open for restoration, is perpetually using his whole endeavors to prevent thee from attaining this, and frustrate to thee the passion of thy Redeemer.”
Elias Boudinot was the President of the Continental Congress, 1782-83. A U.S. Representative from New Jersey, 1789-95, he helped frame the Bill of Rights. He was Director of the U.S. Mint under Presidents Washington and John Adams, 1795-97.
Boudinot became a genuine Christian during the Great Awakening, and was baptized by Rev. George Whitfield. He helped found the American Bible Society, stating in New Jersey, July 4, 1783:
“No sooner had the great Creator of the heavens and the earth finished His almighty work, and pronounced all very good, but He set apart … one day in seven for the commemoration of His inimitable power in producing all things out of nothing …
The deliverance of the children of Israel from a state of bondage to an unreasonable tyrant was perpetuated by the Paschal (Passover) lamb, and enjoining it on their posterity as an annual festival forever …
The resurrection of the Savior of mankind is commemorated by keeping the first day of the week …
Let us then, my friends and fellow citizens, unite all our endeavors this day to remember, with reverential gratitude to our Supreme Benefactor, all the wonderful things He has done for us, in our miraculous deliverance from a second Egypt-another house of bondage.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon stated in his sermon “The Leafless Tree,” March 8, 1857, New Park Street Chapel:
“If we read the Scripture’s aright the Jews have a great deal to do with this world’s history.
They shall be gathered in; Messiah shall come, the Messiah they are looking for, the same Messiah who came once shall come again, shall come as they expected him to come the first time.
They then thought he would come a prince to reign over them, and so he will when he comes again.
He will come to be king of the Jews, and to reign over his people most gloriously; for when he comes Jew and Gentile shall have equal privileges, though there shall yet be some distinction afforded to that royal family from whose loins Jesus came; for he shall sit upon the throne of his father David, and unto him shall be gathered all nations.”
In his Easter Address, April 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan stated:
“This week Jewish families and friends have been celebrating Passover …
Its observance reminds all of us that the struggle for freedom and the battle against oppression waged by the Jews since ancient times is one shared by people everywhere.
And Christians have been commemorating the last momentous days leading to the crucifixion of Jesus 1,950 years ago. Tomorrow, as morning spreads around the planet, we’ll celebrate the triumph of life over death, the Resurrection of Jesus …”
“Both observances tell of sacrifice and pain but also of hope and triumph …
Men and women around the world who love God and freedom – bear a message of world hope and brotherhood like the rites of Passover and Easter that we celebrate this weekend …
We want peace … And then they ask, ‘Do you think that we can have these things one day?’ Well, I do. I really do.
Nearly 2,000 years after the coming of the Prince of Peace, such simple wishes may still seem far from fulfillment. But we can achieve them. We must never stop trying.”
President Donald Trump stated March 31, 2018:
“My fellow Americans, at this holy time of the year families across our nation gather in homes, churches, and synagogues to light candles and to praise God.
During the sacred holiday of Passover, Jewish families around the world give thanks to God for liberating the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt and for delivering them to the Promised Land of Israel.
For Christians, we remember the suffering and death of God’s only Son and his glorious resurrection on the third day.
On Easter Sunday, we proclaim with joy … Christ is Risen!
Both of these sacred celebrations remind us that God’s love redeems the world. Almost 3,000 years ago, the prophet Isaiah wrote, ‘Darkness covers the earth, but the Lord rises upon you and his Glory appears over you. For the Lord will be your everlasting light.’
In America, we look to the light of God to guide our steps. We trust in the power of the Almighty for wisdom and strength. And we praise our Heavenly Father for the blessings of freedom and the gift of eternal life.
Happy Passover. Happy Easter. Thank you. God bless you and God bless America.”
Well-known British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge wrote in his 1975 work titled “Jesus”:
“As Man alone, Jesus could not have saved us; as God alone, he would not; Incarnate, he could and did.”
In his Easter Message, April 2015, British Prime Minister David Cameron stated:
“The values of the Bible, the values of Christianity are the values that we need – values of compassion, of respect, of responsibility, of tolerance.
Now … you don’t have to be a Christian … to have strong values, to believe in strong values or to pass those values on to your children, but the point I always make is that it helps.
We’re always trying to tell our children not to be selfish, but is there a better way of putting it than ‘love thy neighbor’?…”
“We’re always telling our children to be tolerant … but is there a better way of explaining tolerance than saying, ‘do to others as you would be done by’?
It’s the simplest encapsulation of an absolutely vital value and the Christian church and the teaching of the Bible has put it so clearly.
We’re always telling our children that they must make the most of what they have; they must not waste what they have been given, and is there a better way of putting that than ‘don’t hide your light under a bushel, make the most of your talents.'”
Spanish King Felipe VI stated December 13, 2016:
“Europe needs … to be honest and respectful to both our common Judeo-Christian values and origins.”
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl wrote in the foreword of the Hungarian translation of his book Out of Concern for Europe: An Appeal:
“Europe cannot be the new home for millions of people in need … (as many refugees come) from different cultural backgrounds.
They follow in significant part, faiths other than Judeo-Christianity, which is one of the foundations of our values and social order.”
In an Easter address in St. Peter’s Square, April 1, 1956, Pope Pius XII stated:
“This year’s celebration of Easter should be primarily a recall to faith in Christ, addressed to people who, through no fault of their own, are still unaware of the saving work of the Redeemer;
to those who, on the contrary, would wish to have His name wiped out of the minds and hearts of nations;
and finally, in a special manner, to those souls of little faith who, seduced by deceptive enticements, are on the point of exchanging the priceless Christian values for those of a false earthly progress.”
John Milton Hay was private secretary to President Lincoln and ambassador to Great Britain under President McKinley.
He negotiated over 50 treaties while Secretary of State, 1898-1905, including the Open-Door policy with China; the Panama Canal; the Alaskan boundary; the Philippine policy.
John Milton Hay, while he worked for the New York Tribune, 1870-1875, published the poem:
SINAI AND CALVARY
But Calvary stands to ransom
The earth from utter loss;
In shade than light more glorious
The shadow of the Cross.
To heal a sick world’s trouble,
To soothe its woe and pain,
On Calvary’s sacred summit
The Pascal (Passover) Lamb was slain.
Almighty God! direct us
To keep Thy perfect Law!
O blessed Savior, help us
Nearer to Thee to draw!
Let Sinai’s thunder aid us
To guard our feet from sin,
And Calvary’s light inspire us
The love of God to win.
Philanthropist George Hay Stuart (1816-1890) served as the president of the United States Christian Commission, which was formed out of the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) in New York, November 14, 1861.
During the Civil War, the United States Christian Commission raised millions of dollars in private donations to provide supplies, hospital stores and clothing to the army and navy.
George Hay Stuart helped distribute over 30 million gospel tracts and New Testaments to the soldiers. One of the workers was D.L. Moody, who later became a world renowned minister.
George Hay Stuart stated:
“I have prayed for this union; and I have labored for it, simply because I believed that it would bring glory to my blessed Lord and Master, Jesus Christ …
I have labored and prayed for it, because it would bring brethren together, now unhappily divided, to see eye to eye, that the nations that have so long bowed down to idols might learn of Jesus and Him crucified …
Since these twenty-four hours have passed away eighty-six thousand four hundred immortal souls have gone to the judgment seat of Christ …
I never hear the funeral bell toll without asking myself the question, ‘What have I done to point that departed soul to the Lamb of God that died to save a perishing world?’
Brethren, buckle on your armor for a great conflict; buckle it on for giving the glorious Gospel of the Son of God to the millions of the earth who are perishing for lack of knowledge.”
Robert Morris Page (1903-1992), known as the “father of U.S. Radar,” was the physicist who invented pulsation radar used for the detection of aircraft.
The holder of 37 patents, Robert Morris Pages served with the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.; received the U.S. Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award; the Presidential Certificate of Merit; the IRE Fellowship Harry Diamond Memorial Award; as well as the Stuart Ballantyne Medal of the Franklin Institute.
The son of a Methodist minister, Robert Morris Page wrote:
“The authenticity of the writings of the prophets, though the men themselves are human, is established by such things as the prediction of highly significant events far in the future that could be accomplished only through a knowledge obtained from a realm which is not subject to the laws of time as we know them.
One of the great evidences is the long series of prophecies concerning Jesus the Messiah.
These prophecies extend hundreds of years prior to the birth of Christ.
They include a vast amount of detail concerning Christ himself, His nature and the things He would do when He came-things which to the natural world, or the scientific world, remain to this day completely inexplicable.”
The Democrat Party’s candidate for President in 1896, 1900, and 1908 was William Jennings Bryan.
Memorialized with a statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, William Jennings Bryan gave over 600 public speeches during his Presidential campaigns, the most famous being “The Prince of Peace,” printed in the New York Times, September 7, 1913, in which he stated:
“The world had known love before … but Jesus gave a new definition of love. His love was as wide as the sea; its limits were so far-flung that even an enemy could not travel beyond its bounds.
Other teachers sought to regulate the lives of their followers by rule and formula, but Christ’s plan was to purify the heart and then to leave love to direct the footsteps …”
“What conclusion is to be drawn from the life, the teachings and the death of this historic figure?
Reared in a carpenter shop; with no knowledge of literature, save Bible literature; with no acquaintance with philosophers living or with the writings of sages dead, when only about thirty years old He gathered disciples about Him, promulgated a higher code of morals than the world had ever known before, and proclaimed Himself the Messiah.
He taught and performed miracles for a few brief months and then was crucified; His disciples were scattered and many of them put to death; His claims were disputed, His resurrection denied and His followers persecuted;
and yet from this beginning His religion spread until hundreds of millions have taken His name with reverence upon their lips and millions have been willing to die rather than surrender the faith which He put into their hearts …”
William Jennings Bryan concluded:
“How shall we account for Him?
Here is the greatest fact of history; here is One who has with increasing power, for nineteen hundred years, molded the hearts, the thoughts and the lives of men, and He exerts more influence to-day than ever before.
‘What think ye of Christ?’ It is easier to believe Him divine than to explain in any other way what he said and did and was. And I have greater faith, even than before.”
After comments on divine inspiration, George Washington Carver was criticized in a New York Times editorial, November 20, 1924. Receiving an encouraging letter, he replied to Rev. Lyman Ward, January 15, 1925:
“My dear Bro. Ward, Many, many thanks for your letter of Jan. 4th. How it lifted up my very soul, and made me to feel that after all God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.
I did indeed feel very badly for a while, not that the cynical criticism was directed at me, but rather at the religion of Jesus Christ. Dear Bro. I know that my Redeemer liveth.”
THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS