On Wednesday, the 12th. April 2017 we had a service to commemorate the death of Jesus all those years ago.
What does the Bible really say about the timeline of events for Jesus' death?
Jesus Christ ate an evening Passover meal with His disciples (at the beginning of Nisan 14, Jewish reckoning) and instituted the New Covenant symbols (Matthew 26:26-28). Jesus was then betrayed by Judas, arrested and during the night brought before the high priest.
Jesus was crucified and died around 3 p.m. (Matthew 27:46-50). This was thepreparation day for the annual —not weekly—Sabbath, which began at sunset (Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:31). Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb just before sunset (Matthew 27:57-60).
Thursday ~ High Sabbath
This was the high-day Sabbath, the first day of the biblical Feast of Unleavened Bread (John 19:31; Leviticus 23:4-7). It is described as the day after the“Day of Preparation”(Matthew 27:62). Wednesday night and the daylight portion of Thursday were the first of three days and nights Jesus’ body was in the tomb.
The high-day annual Sabbath now past, the women bought and prepared spices for anointing Jesus’ body before resting on the weekly Sabbath day, which began at Friday sunset (Mark 16:1; Luke 23:56). Thursday night and the daylight portion of Friday marked the second of three days and nights Jesus’ body was entombed.
Saturday ~ Weekly Sabbath
The women rested on the weekly Sabbath day, according to the Fourth Commandment (Luke 23:56; Exodus 20:8-11). Jesus rose near sunset, exactly three days and three nights after His body was placed in the tomb, fulfilling the sign of Jonah and authenticating the sign He gave of His messiahship.
The women brought the prepared spices early in the morning while it was still dark (Luke 24:1; John 20:1). Jesus had already risen (Matthew 28:1-6; Mark 16:2-6; Luke 24:2-3; John 20:1). He did not rise on Sunday morning, but near sunset the day before— three days and three nights after being put in the tomb, just as He foretold.”
1 Corinthians 11:27-28
“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”
The bread and the wine of the New Testament Passover, representing Christ’s body and blood given in His complete sacrifice for our sins, are not something to take lightly. Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians give us a warning and advice about preparing for this meaningful memorial.
Baptized Christians are commanded to take the bread and wine, to recommit to our loving God and Savior. Examining ourselves will surely show how far we fall short of the perfection of our Savior, and how much we need His sacrifice and His help to overcome. We are not worthy and cannot make ourselves worthy.
Thankfully Paul is not talking about being worthy, but about approaching God in a respectful way. Seeking God’s forgiveness and help allows us to take these symbols in a humble, worthy way.” From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/blog/take-the-bread-and-wine-in-a-worthy-way/
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
The breaking of the unleavened bread at the New Testament Passover service is symbolic of Christ’s suffering in our place for our sins. It reminds us of our deserved punishment that fell on Jesus as His body was beaten and broken.
Eating the bread is also symbolic of our allowing Jesus Christ to live His life in us, and our need to live by every word of God (John 6:35; Galatians 2:20; Matthew 4:4). Just as physical food is essential to maintain physical life, living by the spiritual “bread” is essential for a healthy spiritual life.” From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/blog/christs-body/
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
It was Jesus’ intent that each year as Christians drink this small glass of red wine that it would serve as a vivid reminder that His blood—His life—was poured out for us. This helps to impress on us the reality of the enormous price that was necessary to pay to forgive our sins—the death of the Son of God!
Christians remember the New Covenant that we made with God at baptism every year as we take the Passover. The New Covenant allows God to write His laws on our hearts, and it provides forgiveness of our sins and a promise of eternal life (Hebrews 8:8-12; 9:15). From: “This Is My Blood … for the Remission of Sins”
My helper had already helped me pull out the fridge and vacuum under it, to make sure there were no crumbs under it. This is to be ready for The Feast Of Unleavened Bread, and is the origin of Spring Cleaning.
On the Monday and Tuesdays nights before the Holy Day on Wednesday we met at the church at dusk and had services. On Monday we washed each others feet and had the bread and wine. Then all products containing leavening had been removed from the dining hall kitchen.
On Tuesday we had lamb and other Passover dishes such as roasted potatoes, hard boiled eggs, parsley, horseradish. and the apple, walnut and honey mixture (Charoset) and enough salad for two meals. One dish was a Lamb Cholent which was cooked ahead of time and invented so that people could eat hot food on the Sabbath even though cooking is not allowed. It is normally done in a slow cooker and cholent staples are beans, barley, meat and potatoes. We had food in five slow cookers that night.
Then on Wednesday we met at the church at 11.00 am for the start of the Passover Feast of Unleavened Bread which will end on the 18th.
The Bible readings were Psa. 24:and 27, Lev. 23:4-8, Num. 28:16 and 1 Cor.5:6-8 and the Message was about the Passover Today.
For that potluck we ate the reheated crockpot leftovers from the night before as no work should be done on a Holy Day.