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What Really Happened During Christ's Passover?

The week in which Jesus Christ was sacrificed as the Lamb of God was the most important of any up to now - and yet most Christian-professing people do not understand the actual days in which specific events occurred. Perhaps the primary reason for the misunderstanding is that most people are not aware that there were two Sabbaths that week, the regular weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbath of Passover/First Day of Unleavened Bread (see The Holy Day Calendar page for studies and sermons, including Christ's Passover: The Death And Birth Of The Saviour).

Millions mistakenly believe that the Sabbath that was about to begin on the day that Christ died was the weekly Sabbath, but it was not - it was the annual Sabbath for Passover. Christ was crucified on what is known today as Wednesday on the Roman calendar - and was resurrected three days and three nights later, exactly as He said that He would.

It is also very important to keep in mind that God's Biblical calendar days begin and end at sunset, hence the reason that, for example, in the Biblical listing below, Nisan 14 is equated with sunset Tuesday to sunset Wednesday (as it occurred that year, and has occasionally done in some years ever since).

The Tomb Sunset Monday to sunset Tuesday (Nisan 13)

Preparation of the room where Christ would observe Passover with the apostles, Tuesday afternoon.
Matthew 26:18-19, Mark 14:13-16, Luke 22:9-13

Sunset Tuesday to sunset Wednesday (Nisan 14)

Christ observed His Passover (also known as "The Last Supper") with the apostles, Tuesday evening just after sunset.
Matthew 26:20-29, Mark 14:17-25, Luke 22:14-38, John chapters 13-17
Sermon: How To Observe Passover

At about 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, they went out and entered the Garden of Gethsemane where the Messiah prayed and was then arrested by the mob.
Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 14:32-52, Luke 22:39-53, John 18:1-11
See also Malchus

Jesus was taken to the house of the Caiaphas, the high priest, and was held there from about 11 p.m. Tuesday to dawn Wednesday. Throughout the night, Jesus was brutalized and mocked by the religious council and their thugs.
Matthew 26:57-75, Mark 14:53-72, Luke 22:54-65, John 18:12-27
See also Caiaphas

At daybreak Wednesday, Jesus was taken to Pontius Pilate who declared Him innocent of any wrongdoing. Pilate then sent Jesus to Herod Antipas, who happened to be in Jerusalem at the time. During that same time, Judas tried to return his thirty silver coins to the Sanhedrin and then hung himself.
Luke 22:66-71, Luke 23:1-7, Matthew 27:1-10
See also Pontius Pilate and Was Judas Necessary?

Herod Antipas, after listening to the accusations, also declared Jesus an innocent man, having done nothing deserving death. He then sent Him back to Pilate.
Luke 23:6-15
See also The Herods

Pilate again tried to have Jesus released, but eventually gave in to the frenzied mob. He released the murderer Barabbas, and handed Jesus over to be crucified, knowing full well that Jesus of Nazareth was an innocent man.
Luke 23:13-25
See The Lamb Of God

The Roman military then took charge of Jesus; they sadistically tortured and beat Him nearly to death through the morning on Wednesday and then took Him out of the city for the Crucifixion.
Matthew 27:27-56, Mark 15:16-41, Luke 23:26-43, John 19:16-27
See also Before The Battle Line and Crossing The T

The death of the Lamb of God, about 3 p.m. Wednesday. His burial in the tomb was just before sunset on Wednesday afternoon.
Matthew 27:45-61, Mark 15:33-47, Luke 23:44-56, John 19:28-42
See also Hours Of The Day, Joseph Of Arimathea and Nicodemus

Sunset Wednesday to sunset Thursday (Nisan 15, First Day Of Unleavened Bread)

Christ in the tomb night and day 1
Matthew 12:40
Sermon: First Day of Passover / Unleavened Bread

On the First Day of Unleavened Bread, the annual Sabbath that many mistakenly believe refers to the weekly Sabbath because it is also a "day after Preparation Day," Pilate had guards posted at the tomb.
Matthew 27:62-66

Sunset Thursday to sunset Friday (Nisan 16, Second Day of Unleavened Bread)

Christ in the tomb night and day 2
Matthew 12:40

Sunset Friday to sunset Saturday (Nisan 17, Third Day of Unleavened Bread)

Christ in the tomb night and day 3; The Resurrection was just before sunset on Saturday afternoon, exactly three days and three nights after He died.
Matthew 12:40

Sunset Saturday to sunset Sunday (Nisan 18, Fourth Day of Unleavened Bread)

The empty (for nearly twelve hours, since just before sunset on Saturday) tomb was discovered by the women and the apostles long before sunrise on "Sunday" morning; the risen Christ spoke to Mary of Magdala.
Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18

Fact Finder: Why is the supposed justification for "Sunday" worship by Christians actually based on Satanic Roman paganism, not Biblical truth?
See Sun Worship; also What Is A Halo?

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