Yes, Jesus’ time was very near. He would do the passover sacrifice – an event similar to Jersey’s liberation day. This passover sacrifice first took place in Egypt around 1350 BC. It had been celebrated ever since then.
The Egyptians had enslaved God’s people – to do all their hard work.
The LORD God warned the Pharaoh about his repeated refusal to free these slaves. On one particular day, if he refused, all the first born in Egypt would be killed that very night. But the Jewish houses would be protected if, and only if, they prepared a lamb and used its blood to mark their homes as those not to suffer death.
They were to eat roast lamb that evening in preparation for being freed. A lamb died to save them and to set them free.
What about the strange word Jesus used to identify the person whom they would meet in the city of Jerusalem when finding a place to celebrate and recall liberation? Here are his words again. “Go into the city for the DEINA and say to him, ‘The Teacher states, my set time is near. I will do the passover sacrifice for you with my followers.’”
Who was the deina? It’s a “him”. But it’s not a name. It’s a singular noun. Greek experts say that its meaning oscillates between the terrible and the terrific. Jesus knew who it was they would meet in the city. But he used this word to describe the person for whom, along with his own followers, he would do the passover sacrifice.