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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?).

Golgatha

"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.

20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?

She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?

She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary.

She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her." (John 20:1-18 KJV)

"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:

The Road To Emmaus

"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 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.

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. 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: How was manna connected to the Days of Unleavened Bread of Passover?
See Nisan 14: The Messiah's Manna


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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.





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