Passover 14th - day of death

Crucifixion - Day of Month Identified

Wave sheaf offering day - resurrection




The day of the month on which Jesus Christ died can be determined by
considering the applicable New Testament verses. 


PASSOVER - BEFORE & AFTER HIS DEATH?


Scripture records Passover being observed before and after the death of
Christ! 

    BEFORE

       Matt  26:17  ... the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him,
                    "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat
                    the Passover?"
               :18  And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man,
                    and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is
                    at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house
                    with My disciples"'"
               :19  So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them;
                    and they prepared the Passover.

       Luke  22:15  Then He said to them, "With fervent desire I have
                    desired to eat this Passover with you before I
                    suffer;"    


    AFTER

       John  18:28  Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium,
                    and it was early morning. But they themselves did
                    not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be
                    defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.       


These conflicting thoughts have led to much controversy.

However, Scripture is correct in presenting Two Passover Observances!
These observances took place on successive nights and each was
celebrated differently.

The first Passover was observed in private homes.

The second Passover was observed at the house of God. 
PASSOVER - TWO OBSERVANCES



DAY BEFORE DEATH - UNLEAVENED BREAD


    Matt  26:17  Now on the first day of the Feast of the
                 Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus,
                 saying to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare
                 for You to eat the Passover?"
            :18  And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man,
                 and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is
                 at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house
                 with My disciples."' "

    Mark  14:12  Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when
                 they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples
                 said to Him, "Where do You want us to go and
                 prepare, that You may eat the Passover?"

    Luke   22:7  Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the
                 Passover must be killed.


The NKJV is in error in;
1) adding the words 'the Feast of' in Matt 26:17,
2) capitalizing the words 'unleavened bread' in all three verses
3) capitalizing the word 'day' in Luke 22:7.

The presentation of the NKJV misleads the reader into believing the
first day of the "Feast of Unleavened Bread" is being alluded to.
The verses are merely referring to the day in which some unleavened
bread was to be first eaten.

The first occasion of the year in which there was a requirement to
eat some unleavened bread was the occasion of the Passover lamb meal
(ie, the Passover which was held in private homes).

The seven day "Feast of Unleavened Bread" was a subsequent event and
followed the second Passover (the Passover held at the temple).
Refer Lev 23:5-6. 


Notice also, that in the above verses, Scripture is stating that the
morning prior to the eating of unleavened bread (at the lamb Passover)
fell in the same day in which this Passover service was held. Since
Passover occurs after sunset and many have been taught the biblical
day ended at sunset they would have said the Passover service fell
in the following day.
The answering lies in an accurate understanding of when the biblical
day ended.
WHEN THE BIBLICAL DAY ENDS



NEXT DAY - FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD


    John  19:31  Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day,
                 that the bodies should not remain on the cross
                 on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day),
                 the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be
                 broken, and that they might be taken away.

    Mark  15:42  Now when evening had come, because it was the
                 Preparation Day, that is, the day before the
                 Sabbath,


'Preparation Day' is discussed further in the following page.
'PREPARATION DAY' OF PASSOVER


Preparation occurs on the day prior to the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
During the time for Preparation it was necessary for the Israelites to
prepare for the feast by removing leaven from their houses (Exod 12:15,19).

The day following Preparation was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened
Bread. This first day of the feast was a day of commanded rest, an annual
sabbath (refer Lev 23:6-7). This annual sabbath is what is being described
in John 19:31 as a 'high day'.

[ NB: Many noticing that Jesus Christ died prior to a 'sabbath' have
      immediately assumed a Friday death. However, one needs to also
      consider the existence of annual sabbaths.]


RESURRECTION - AFTER 'SABBATHS'


    Matt  28:1   Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week
                 began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary
                 came to see the tomb.


The word for 'Sabbath' in the above verse is in the Greek plural form and
should be rendered 'sabbaths'!


Two sabbaths passed prior to the day of resurrection:

                     1) an annual sabbath
                     2) a weekly Sabbath
 

SUMMARY


These above verses when understood in conjunction with the Old Covenant
teachings make it apparent that Jesus Christ died between the two Passover
ceremonies. This means He died at the time the firstborn animals were
being slaughtered and prepared for the observance of the temple Passover.
That day was the 14th of the month of Abib.


The prior day, when the Passover lamb and unleavened bread were eaten,
was the 13th.


The following day was an annual sabbath, the first day of the Feast of
Unleavened Bread. This 'high' day always fell on the 15th of the first
month.




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