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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).
Sunset Monday to sunset Tuesday (Nisan 13)
Preparation of the room where Christ would observe Passover with the apostles, Tuesday afternoon.
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.
Sunset Wednesday to sunset Thursday (Nisan 15, First Day Of Unleavened Bread)
Christ in the tomb night and day 1
Sunset Thursday to sunset Friday (Nisan 16, Second Day of Unleavened Bread)
Christ in the tomb night and day 2
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.
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.