The Risen Christ's Observance Of Unleavened Bread
According to the Holy Bible, The Messiah was crucified on what is known today as "Wednesday." He died a little after 3:00 pm that day, and was placed in the tomb just before sunset as the annual Sabbath, Biblically known as the First Day of Passover and/or the First Day of Unleavened Bread, was about to begin. The "Good Friday" myth began because people, who ignored what the Holy Scriptures actually say, erroneously assumed that the Sabbath that was about to begin on the day of Christ's crucifixion was the weekly Sabbath (see the Fact Finder question below for a detailed chronology of that week of Passover).
The Christ remained in His tomb for three days and three nights, exactly 72 hours, as required by prophecy (see The By-The-Book Messiah), before being resurrected just before sunset on the weekly Sabbath - the reason that the tomb was found already empty before sunrise the next morning on the Roman "sun day."
"24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee [see also The Prophet Of Galilee],
24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again." (Luke 24:1-7 KJV)
"The Lord is risen indeed ... He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them"
On that same first day of the week (the Tomb was discovered empty on the first day of the week; the resurrection occurred on the previous afternoon just before sunset, on the seventh day of the week - see the Fact Finder question below for rock-solid Biblical proof of that reality), which was the fourth day of Unleavened Bread that year (i.e. the Christ was in the tomb during the entire first, second and third days of Unleavened Bread), the risen Messiah made a number of appearances to His followers, including this one:
"24:13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 24:14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 24:15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
24:17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 24:18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
24:19 And he said unto them, What things?
And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 24:20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death [see Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah?], and have crucified him. 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
24:22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; 24:23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. 24:24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." (Luke 24:13-27 KJV)
The resurrected Son of God then went in with them and ate a meal of unleavened bread - the only kind of bread eaten during the Days of Unleavened Bread (see The Unleavened Days Of Passover).
"24:28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. 24:29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
24:30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them [see also The Bread Of His Flesh]. 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
24:33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 24:34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 24:35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread." (Luke 24:28-35 KJV)
Fact Finder: What happened during each of the days of the week during which the Christ was crucified and rose from the dead?
See Why Observe The True Sabbath? and The Messiah's Sabbath Day Resurrection; also the Calendar of Christ's Holy Days
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