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Friday, April 3 2015
Nisan 14: The Day That The Messiah Was Crucified
The LORD God was and is Jesus Christ (see By Him Were All Things Created and The Christian Universe). The LORD's calendar was created before any humans existed (Genesis 1:14-19). Nisan is the first month of the LORD's calendar. It was declared at the first Passover (Exodus 12:2).
Nisan 14 began with the "Last Supper," which was actually "the Last Passover" (see Nisan 14: How Did The Messiah Observe His Last Passover?). The Messiah then went out to the nearby Mount of Olives where He was seized by agents of the religious council and abused through the night. In the morning, they turned Him over to the Roman occupation forces with false charges of sedition ("an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government"). The Messiah was Crucified in the afternoon of Nisan 14. The Body was placed in the Tomb just before sunset as Nisan 15 was about to begin.
The Holy Scriptures provide a detailed documentation of the events of Nisan 14.
"26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas [see Annas And Caiaphas] the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
In the early morning, after they sadistically tortured and abused Him through the night, they sent the Messiah to Pontius Pilate, the local Roman governor. At that same time occurred the only justice of that day - the hanging of the traitor Judas (see Did Judas Iscariot Repent?).
"27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
The Romans then continued the torture - again, cowards abusing and beating a bound prisoner. In their mockery of the King (see The Patriotism Prophecy), they inflicted the infamous "crown of thorns" upon Him.
"19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.
Pontius Pilate knew without doubt that Jesus of Nazareth was innocent (everyone did - see Innocent Blood) - and publicly declared Him so, as he presented the Messiah before the frenzied mob.
"19:4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
After hearing "the Son of God," Pilate became "more afraid," particularly when the Messiah said to him, "Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin."
"19:8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;
Pilate then frantically tried to get the mob's permission to release Jesus. Their reply however was as despicable as their actions: "We have no king but Caesar" (see also The Caesar Questions). Pilate then relented and ordered the Messiah crucified (see also Why Did They Want A Murderer Released Instead Of Jesus?).
"19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
The Messiah was taken to a rock quarry just outside the city. A part of it was known as "the place of a skull" because a jagged rock wall had the appearance of a skull face. There, the Messiah was crucified.
"19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two others with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
While waiting for Him to die, the soldiers further mocked Him, and looted His clothing - exactly as prophesied long before (see also David's View From The Cross).
"19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
Nearly all of His disciples (which means student) and the apostles fled - except for the apostle John, John's mother, and John's mother's sister (i.e. John's aunt) - Mary, the mother of Jesus (both John the Baptist and the apostle John were cousins of Jesus - see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth).
"19:25 Now there stood by the cross [see Crossing The T and the illustration below to understand what the Cross actually looked like] what of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home." (John 19:25-27 KJV)
The Messiah died in mid/late afternoon of Nisan 14 - when the Passover lambs were being slaughtered for the beginning of Passover.
"19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 19:29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost [see Giving Up The Ghost]." (John 19:28-30 KJV)
Nisan 14 was (and is) the Preparation Day for the First Day of Passover (also known as the First Day of Unleavened Bread) - an annual Sabbath (see The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week).
"19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 19:32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 19:35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced." (John 19:31-37 KJV)
Joseph of Arimathaea and a Pharisee, Nicodemus (to whom was given the famous "born again" and "John 3:16" teachings; see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand) hurriedly prepared the Body for burial and got it into the Tomb just before sunset - where He would remain for three days and three nights.
"19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes [see also The Linen Of The Saints] with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." (John 19:38-42 KJV)
Fact Finder: When were the actual "three days and three nights" of the Messiah in the Tomb? According to the Holy Bible, was it actually just before sunset on a Wednesday to just before sunset on the weekly Sabbath?
This Day In History, April 3
503 BC: As stated on the Fasti Triumphales (stone tablets that were once erected in the Roman Forum), Roman consul Publius Postumius Tubertus celebrated a military victory over the Sabines (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
686: Maya king of the Kaan kingdom Yuknoom Yich'aak K'ahk' assumed the throne of Calakmul.
1043: Edward the Confessor was crowned the King of England.
1531: Martin Luther was excommunicated by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (Luther was condemned by the Emperor, not the Pope; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) at the Diet (the term for a legislative assembly in some countries) of Worms ("Worms" is the English rendering of Vorms, a city in Germany).
1559: Philip II of Spain and Henry II of France signed the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis in France, ending nearly 60 years of war.
1721: Sir Robert Walpole was appointed first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer, effectively Britain's first Prime Minister.
1756: The Marquis de Montcalm sailed from France for Canada, where he would later die at the Battle of The Plains of Abraham (a battle that decided Canada's political future, which up to that time had been contested between Britain and France). The British commander, General James Wolfe, was also killed in the battle, near Quebec City on September 13 1759.
1882: The U.S. frontier criminal (gang leader, bank and train robber, murderer) Jesse James was killed by a member of his own outlaw gang, Robert Ford.
1885: Gottlieb Daimler was granted a German patent for his engine design.
1922: Joseph Stalin was appointed as the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1930: Ras Tafari was proclaimed Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.
1933: Royal Air Force Lt. David McIntyre and the Scottish Marquess of Clydesdale, flying 2 open-cockpit Westland aircraft, completed the first overflight and aerial photographic survey of Mount Everest.
1936: Bruno Hauptmann, convicted kidnapper and killer of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh's infant son, was executed.
1949: Transjordan signed an armistice with Israel (which was actually the return of the southern kingdom of Judah; see The Southern Kingdom and The Gathering of Israel and Judah) that had become an independent nation (again) the year before (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. It was his last; King was assassinated the next day by James Earl Ray, a U.S. Army veteran and escaped felon with convictions for burglary, armed robbery and mail fraud.
1969: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announced that the U.S. would start to "Vietnamize" the war effort (the Vietnam War was actually a civil war of the Vietnamese people whose nation had been divided into South and South by imperial France and the U.S. in the 1940s and 1950s).
1996: Theodore Kaczynski was arrested in Montana as the terrorist "Unabomber."
1996: Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and all 29 passengers and 6 crew were killed when a U.S. government aircraft crashed in Croatia.
2000: Microsoft was ruled to have violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.