Friday, April 22 2011
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.
"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.
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.
Fact Finder: What happened during each of the days of the week during which the Christ was crucified and rose from the dead?
This Day In History, April 22
1124: Alexander I, king of Scotland, died. King from 1107, he was succeeded by his brother David.
1145: The 19th recorded passage of what is now known as Halley's Comet.
1370: Construction began of the Bastille, a medieval fortress on the east side of Paris, at the order of Charles V.
1500: Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral, on a voyage to India, sailed far to the southwest and discovered Brazil, claiming it for Portugal. The land was first sighted earlier that year by a Spanish explorer, Vincente Yanes Pinzon, but he failed to claim it for Spain.
1509: Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England.
1529: The Treaty of Saragossa, which divided Spanish and Portuguese interests in the Pacific Ocean, was signed.
1793: U.S. President George Washington issued a Proclamation of Neutrality for the U.S. to not become involved in the imperial wars between France and Britain. Washington recognized that France supported the rebellion of the New England colonies for no other reason than to reduce the British military presence in North America, so that France could eventually widen its own colonies in and from Louisiana in the south and eastern Canada in the north. France had no interest in anyone's "freedom" (while aiding the rebellion of the New England colonies, France tolerated no independence in any of its own colonies in North America). Washington repeatedly warned throughout his presidency, and later through his retirement years, against the U.S. ever becoming the very same sort of "rise and fall" imperial empire that Washington had just fought against - one of the greatest ironies of Washington's political legacy is that the capital city that is named after Washington became a worldwide symbol of the very same colonial imperialism that Washington himself actually detested and fought against.
1834: The Quadruple Alliance was formed by Britain, France, Portugal and Spain, supporting Isabella II's claim to the Spanish throne against Don Carlos.
1838: The British steamship Sirius became the first to cross the Atlantic from Britain to New York solely on steam power. The journey from Cork to New York took 18 days, 10 hours.
1889: Territory in Oklahoma, formerly the free lands of native American (the "Indians" didn't have a concept of owning land), was opened to white settlers. About 50,000 settlers rushed in on the first day.
1915: The Battle of Ypres (in Belgium) began. It was the first major battle for Canadian troops in the First World War. The Germans released chlorine gas (the first use in warfare), forcing the unprepared French army to retreat. The 1st Canadian Division and British troops rushed to halt the German advance. It took a week of fierce fighting and counterattacks involving more gas before the German attack was brought to a halt.
1933: Frederick Henry Royce, co-founder of the English auto company Rolls-Royce, died.
1991: Intel released the 486sx processor.
1994: Richard Nixon, who resigned the office of U.S. president due to the Watergate criminal investigations, died at age 81.
2005: Philip Morrison died at age 89. He was a prominent member of the "Manhattan Project" that developed the U.S. atomic bombs that incinerated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Morrison later became popularly known from his book and PBS series entitled The Ring Of Truth.