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INTRODUCTION. For several hundred years, from the time they left Egypt to New Testament times, the Jews had celebrated the Passover. In obedience to the law, Jesus and his disciples journeyed to Jerusalem to observe this feast which commemorated the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. Now, Jesus as the Lamb of God was about to be slain as the Paschal (Passover) Lamb in order to deliver all who would receive him from the bondage of sin. Jesus' controversy with the Pharisees and Sadducees, his condemnation of the scribes and Pharisees (the seven woes), his prophecy regarding the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, and his discussion with his disciples concerning his second coming and judgment all occurred the third day (Tuesday) of his final week on earth.