The sweet celebration of the death and resurrection of our Savior is held in springtime when the Passover celebration of old Israel was also taking place. Since the crucifixion of the Son of God happened at the exact time when the Passover Lamb was being sacrificed in the Temple in Jerusalem, only a stone's throw away, the correlation between the two events was blatantly clear. Just as the Passover Lamb in ancient times had saved those who covered their door posts with the blood, so the blood of the Messiah was the salvation of those who received His sacrifice. The connection between these two events is startling and undeniable in all of their aspects. Thus, the believers in the First Church celebrated the Passover each year with a dual meaning. Their Passover Lamb was also their Messiah. They no longer had the need to kill the perfect lamb from their flock as a sacrifice because their Passover Lamb had been sacrificed "once for all."