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Nisan 14: The Day That Christ Died
Jesus Christ observed the weekly Sabbath, and all of the Holy Days of the LORD, including Passover (the famous incident of His being separated from His parents at age 12 before they found Him in the Temple was at Passover i.e. Luke 2:41-49), right from the time that He was an infant.
"2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the Law" (Luke 2:27 KJV)
If He had been alive for Passover that year, He would have observed it after sunset on the fifteen day of Nisan, as He had done all of His human lifetime. But He knew that He was going to be killed, that He was going to be in the tomb on that annual Sabbath of the First Day of Unleavened Bread, also called the First Day of Passover, so He observed "The Lord's Supper" Passover on the evening before, on the fourteenth of Nisan (Biblical calendar days begin and end at sunset). In that way, from the next morning, which was still Nisan 14, the Lamb of God was sacrificed at the very same time that the Passover lambs were being killed.
The Preparation Of Passover
The Messiah was taken to the place of execution in the morning of Nisan 14.
"27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
By noon ("the sixth hour" of daylight - see Hours Of The Day), the Christ had already been on the "cross" for some time. The Messiah died not long after "the ninth hour" (i.e. 3:00 pm) on Nisan 14.
"27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [see Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani?]
Then, as sunset approached (and therefore the beginning of the annual Sabbath, the First Day of Unleavened Bread, also called the First Day of Passover; that Sabbath was not the regular weekly Sabbath and His crucifixion did not occur on a "Friday" - see the Fact Finder question below), the body of the Messiah was quickly placed in the tomb by Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus, where it would remain for three days and three nights, exactly as the prophecy required. As fully explained in the Fact Finder question below, the Christ was killed on what is now called "Wednesday" afternoon, His body was placed in the tomb just before sunset on that "Wednesday," from which He was resurrected just before sunset on a Sabbath afternoon.
"27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: 27:58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 27:59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 27:60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed." (Matthew 27:57-60 KJV)
Fact Finder: What was the hour-by-hour chronology of the Christ's days of Passover?