Yeshua (Jesus) made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the Hebrew date 10 Nisan, which is today. Centuries earlier, Moses instructed Israelites in Egypt to take an unblemished lamb into their homes on 10 Nisan to prepare for the first Passover. The lamb was slaughtered on 14 Nisan. The four days gave family members time to grow attached to the animal and impress upon them the costly nature of the sacrifice – innocent blood shed for them.
Likewise, Jews in Jerusalem had four days to grow attached to Yeshua, the Lamb of God. Many did, including children who cried out in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David! (Matthew 21:15).” When the chief priests and scribes complained to Yeshua over the uproar, He answered, “Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies You have prepared praise for Yourself?’ ”
The four days also gave priests time to inspect the sacrificial lambs for blemishes. None were found in the Son of Man, who was sentenced to death on false charges. Yeshua was crucified the same hour priests were offering Passover lambs on 14 Nisan. Yeshua’s last words on the cross – “It is finished!” – corresponds closely with the last verse of Psalm 22, a Messianic passage: “He has done it.” God’s plan of redemption for mankind was now complete.