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Wednesday, April 11 2012
The Messiah's Days Of Unleavened Bread
According to the Holy Bible, the Messiah (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah) was crucified (see Nisan 14: The Sacrifice Of The Lamb Of God) on what is known today on the Roman calendar as "Wednesday" (see Counting On The Resurrection). He died a little after mid-afternoon 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 Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week).
The Messiah remained in His Tomb, somewhere in the immediate area of Golgatha (a rock quarry at Jerusalem) for three days and three nights, exactly 72 hours, as required by prophecy (see The Jonah Prophecies), 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" (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
"20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. 20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 20:4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 20:5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 20:8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
"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 - again, see Counting On The Resurrection for rock-solid Biblical proof of that reality), which was the fourth day of Unleavened Bread that year (i.e. the Messiah 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 Messiah then went in with them and ate a meal of unleavened bread - the only kind of bread eaten during the Days of Unleavened Bread. Just as He had done at "the Last Supper" a few days before, "He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them."
"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: How was manna connected to the Days of Unleavened Bread of Passover?
This Day In History, April 11
217: Accession of Macrinus, the 24th Roman emperor, reigned 217-218 (see Ancient Empires - Rome).
1512: The forces of the "Holy League" are defeated by the French at the Battle of Ravenna.
1713: The Treaty of Utrecht was signed to end the War of The Spanish Succession.
1814: Napoleon was exiled to Elba.
1864: Archduke Maximilian of Austria accepted the throne of Mexico.
1941: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), German bombers devastated Coventry, England.
1951: Police recovered the Stone of Scone (pronounced "scoon") which had been stolen from Westminster Abbey over 3 months earlier. The 484 pound stone has been part of the coronation ceremonies for British monarchs since it had been brought to London in 1296.
1961: Israel began the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichman.
1965: 40 tornadoes struck the U.S. Midwest, killing 272 people and injuring 5,000.
1970: Apollo 13 was launched. The aborted mission returned 6 days later.
1979: Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was ousted.
1982: Allen Goodman, a U.S.-born Israeli soldier, went on a shooting rampage on the Temple Mount (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace). Storming into the Al Aksa Mosque with an M-16 rifle, Goodman killed a Muslim guard and wounded other Arabs (see What Does The Bible Say About Arabs?). The incident set off a week of rioting and strikes in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Goodman was convicted a year later and sentenced to life plus 2 terms of 20 years. The sentence was later reduced to 24 years, of which he served less than 16 years before being released on October 16 1997.
1997: Fire severely damaged the church that housed The Shroud of Turin (see also Shroud Of Turin: A Miraculous Fake?), however firemen were able to save the relic.