Jesus Fulfills Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and the Sign of Jonah
Chronology of Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion & Resurrection:
The chronology of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection is critically important because the first three Holy Days, commanded by God that we keep forever, are fulfilled through these events. He was crucified on Passover, "slept" in His tomb during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and was resurrected on First Fruits.
Jesus "slept" in His tomb three days and three nights as He, Himself, spoke of in Matthew 12:40, saying,..."the Son of man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth". The "heart of the earth" refers to His tomb, or grave, not the man-made "hell" most churches proclaim. To say that One such as Jesus, being completely sinless and pure, being the Son of God, would descend into the lake of fire, which is saved for the wicked, or worse yet, He somehow descended into a fictitious pit of torment*... this is blasphemy! "Hell", is the grave. Jesus descended into His grave for three nights and three days. (*To better understand the truth about "hell" click here--> The State of the Dead and The Fate of the Wicked: The False Doctrine of Hell and Eternal Torment Exposed).
The crucifixion transpired on Passover.
Scripture, very clearly, shows that Jesus Christ was crucified on Passover. This is especially important to note because Jesus, is, our Passover, solidifying further that He is, indeed, our Messiah.
Now the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto Him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the Passover? And He said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto Him, The Master saith, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at thy house with My disciples. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the Passover. ~ Matthew 26:17-19.
But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the Passover. Will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews? ~ John 18:39.
Chronology of Jesus' Crucifixion:
Please note: The Hebrew calendar observes Holy days from the evening of one day to the evening of the next. Therefore, Passover occurred from sundown on Nisan 14 (Leviticus 23:5) to sundown on Nisan 15, and so on. The Feast of Unleavened Bread began at sundown on Nisan 15 and lasted seven days, ending at sundown on Nisan 22.
Nisan 14 (Tuesday evening - beginning of Nisan 14): Jesus ate an evening Passover meal with His disciples and instituted the New Covenant symbols..."And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat. This is My body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:26-28).
Tuesday night, after their meal, Jesus was betrayed by Judas, and arrested in the Garden of Gethsamane. During the night, Jesus was brought before the high priest (John 18, Luke 22, Matthew 26, Mark 14.)
Early Morning of Nisan 14 to evening, the beginning of Nisan 15 (Wednesday morning to Wednesday evening): Jesus was brought before Pilate early in the morning on Wednesday (Mark 14:2 & 15:1). After enduring scourging, mocking and severe beatings during the day on Wednesday, Jesus was crucified and died around 3 p.m..."And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani? That is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save Him. Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost" (Matthew 27:46-50). This was the preparation day for the annual Sabbath, not the weekly Sabbath...(Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54).
The bodies could not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day..."for that sabbath day was a high day"(John 19:31), so Pilate besought that their legs be broken. The legs of the two criminals, crucified with Jesus, were broken, but Jesus' legs were not broken because He was already dead (John 19:31-33). Jesus' body was then placed in the tomb just before sunset..."When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple. He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out of the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed" (Matthew 27:57-60).
In Matthew 12:40, Jesus tells us..."As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth". Wednesday night was the first night and Thursday was the first day that Jesus slept in the tomb.
Evening, beginning of Nisan 15, to evening, beginning of Nisan 16 (Thursday evening to Friday evening): This was the "high day" Sabbath, the first day of Unleavened Bread (John 19:31 & Leviticus 23:4-7). (The Feast of Unleavened Bread began the night before at sundown). It is described as the day after the "Day of Preparation"..."Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate"(Matthew 27:62). Thursday night was the second night and Friday was the second day that Jesus slept in the tomb.
Evening, beginning of Nisan 16, to evening, beginning of Nisan 17 (Friday evening to Saturday evening): The high-day Sabbath now past, the women bought and prepared spices for anointing Jesus' body before resting on the weekly Sabbath day, which began at sunset on Friday..."And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him" (Mark 16:1)...and "And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment" (Luke 23:56). Friday night was the third night and Saturday was the third day that Jesus slept in the tomb. He arose at the end of the Sabbath, on Saturday, at sunset.
Evening, beginning of Nisan 17 (Saturday evening): The women rested on the weekly Sabbath (Luke 23:56), according to the Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11). Jesus rose at the end of the Sabbath, EXACTLY three days and three nights after His burial..."Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from Thee. But He answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:38-40). This day was the Feast of First Fruits, which was observed on the day after the weekly Sabbath following Passover (Leviticus 23). Jesus arose Saturday evening, at sunset, this being the beginning of First Fruits. This is why Jesus is called the "first fruits" of those that slept..."But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept" (1 Corinthians 15:20).
Nisan 18 day (Sunday): The women brought the prepared spices early in the morning, and at that time Jesus had already left His tomb..."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" (Luke 24:1 & John 20:1), finding that Jesus had alreadyrisen..."And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus" (Luke 24:2-3, also Matthew 28:1-6, Mark 16:2-6 & John 20:1). He did not rise Sunday morning, but at sunset the day before.
Why is the true chronology so important?
This does away with “Good Friday”, “Easter Sunday*” and one of the false reasons the churches use to justify changing the Sabbath to Sunday.
By rightly dividing the Word in the Bible, God’s glory is revealed!... Showing all that whatsoever God does is very purposeful, precise and always points to Jesus, for He is the fulfillment of all things! Amen.
*NOTE: Easter is a form of the name, Ishtar, who is the pagan goddess of fertility. This is where the symbols of “easter bunnies” and “easter eggs” originated.
The correct Biblical name of this day should be First Fruits, NOT Easter. Easter is actually celebrated by Christians on the correct day (which begins Saturday at sunset, and concludes Sunday at sunset), and for mostly the right reasons... Only the name and the modern practices are an abomination to God. For more information, please see links below.
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-25+ Bible Verses
-Old Testament Evidence: God Commanded His People To Keep the Sabbath
-New Testament Evidence: Jesus Christ Honored the Sabbath, even in death
-The word for Saturday in other languages is a variation of Sabbath
-The Calendar Has Remained Unchanged
-Why and When the Sabbath Was Moved to Sunday, the First Day of the Week
-Confessions From Clergyman
-Letter from God regarding the Sabbath and the Moral Law