Reality on Christ's Day
"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? 18. 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.
19. And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. 20. Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 21. And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? 23. And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
24. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. 25. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
26. 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. 27. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. 30. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives."
It is no wonder that Easter is observed the way it is in most of Christian churches. Because next to no one who attends church ever hears the incredible truth behind what happened on the day the Jesus suffered and died.
What was incredible in his grace with which Jesus succumbed to God's will, was the fact that Jesus did it out of love for God's creation. His obedience made him perfect in spirit, but he was first born the "Word Made Flesh" and was also as Noah was, "perfect in his generations" because he was given his life directly by the Spirit of God.
We all know why he died, and we all know what we were told about this gift of new life that he gave us and how to obtain it. And to truly understand what occurred through God's hands, you would have to go back to the beginning.
Since we've already done that a number of times, we're going to go back to the last evening he spent with his disciples.
Passover 2014 took place between Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (Sun down on the 14th), and lasted 8 days (Wednesday of this week, or Sundown on Tuesday). - Source, FoxNews/Passover
The death of Jesus took place during the Passover observance. In the verses above, we know that the evening of the first feast of unleavened bread, or the wee hours of the morning after, Jesus was taken into custody, beaten, spit on, slapped and accused. This year the feast of the unleavened bread took place on Tuesday, April 15th.
During this meal Jesus told the disciples that he would soon be betrayed, the man who would do this was with them, and the offering of the Last Supper was made; Jesus tells them to "do this in remembrance of me" when they broke bread and drank their wine. Remember the "body" of Christ and the reason for which his blood was shed.
Further in Matthew we find Jesus in travail in the garden. His disciples cannot stay awake to pray with him. It is this late in the night that Jesus is taken away after their meal of unleavened bread.
"Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 40. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 42. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 43. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
44. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me. 47. And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him."
Jesus said in John 2:19 "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
Jonah was in the belly of a fish for three days and three nights, foreshadowing Christ being laid in the tomb for that amount of time:
"Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights."
"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."
In Mark, Jesus himself tells us he will be risen again in three days:
"And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again."
If Jesus laid in the tomb for three days, why do we observe his crucifixion on a Friday and his resurrection on a Sunday?
We follow the events from Mark 14 through Mark 15 and learn in verse one that in the morning (following the first feast of unleavened break, which today would have been Wednesday the 16th of April), the priests held consultation and took Jesus before Pilate.
In Matthew 27:24-37 we see that Jesus was scourged and hung on the cross the same day.
Luke 22 and 23 give more detail on this same night and into the next day, adding Pilate’s order to take Jesus to Herod because he himself refused to condemn him.
In Luke 22, we learn that Jesus was not confronted by the chief priest Caiaphas and questioned until morning, which in this year would have been Wednesday morning.
"And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying, 67. Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:"
After mocking him, spitting on him and striking him, they led him that day to Pilate beginning in Luke 23:
"And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. 2. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King."
Pilate learned that Jesus was “Galilean” and sent him to Herod’s jurisdiction:
"When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean. 7. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time."
Pilate knew Herod was in Jerusalem, so this was no “days long” journey. He told them to send Jesus to Herod. Herod had long wanted to meet Jesus because of his fame. He asked Jesus many things while the Pharisees continued to accuse him but Jesus answered nothing. Herod instead mocked him, gave him a splendid purple robe and sent him back to Pilate. Pilate and Herod became friends because of this exchange, but it does not say whether or not it was due to both of them refusing to condemn Jesus.
"And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. 12. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves."
Pilate called the chief priests and scribes and Pharisees and told them that he had found no fault with Jesus; Herod did not condemn him and neither would he. He announced that he would therefore chastise and release Jesus:
"And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14. Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
15. No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. 16. I will therefore chastise him, and release him. 17. (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)"
Here we learned that this “feast” is Pilate announces that he would release Jesus. This coincides with the verse in Matthew 27:24-37 further up with the detail of the questioning before Herod left out.
If we go by just those two accounts, can this clock below then be rectified as truth?
So we go to Mark with for detail on the time of Jesus’ crucifixion:
"And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. 26. And the superscription of his accusation was written over, The King Of The Jews. 27. And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. 28. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
29. And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, 30. Save thyself, and come down from the cross. 31. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
32. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him. 33. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
34. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 35. And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. 36. And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.
37. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 38. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. 39. And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God."
Jesus according to scripture (and shown on the clock below) died “in the ninth hour”. Hebrews days start at sundown to sundown.
If the “day” is counted from the evening to the morning as mentioned in Genesis (God creating the heavens and the earth, and the evening and the morning were the first day), then dawn would begin the new day. According to that clock up there, that would be about 6am. We discussed this without the benefit of a clock on “Jesus Died in the 9th Hour” last year.
"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
.2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
.4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
According to scripture, Jesus was already risen “in the end of the Sabbath” as it began to dawn on the first day of the week. If we are observing this chronologically, there would be no good Friday for what Christians say they celebrate. Counting back from the morning of the first day of the week (Sunday), Jesus would have had to have died “in the 9th hour” which would have been 6pm on Thursday (using this year’s Passover as a reference).
Even if we are observing this astronomically, it would be the same, because Jesus said he would “raise this temple in three days”. He also said that as Jonah was in the belly of the fish “three days and three nights” so would the son of man be in the heart of the earth “three days and three nights” in Matthew 12:40. Even Thursday evening at 6pm would not give us a full three days and three nights. We would be missing a “day”. Jesus was buried before sundown on “Thursday”, not long after he died on the cross.
Perhaps we don’t have to be exact on the hour for hour, but it most definitely was not Friday that Jesus died.
Friday may very well have been the day that the apostles who had scattered when Jesus was taken away, found their way to one another to hide out.
Can you imagine how they must have felt? Their mentor and teacher of the last three years; a man they adored and fell in love with and taught them and who they really were, was gone. He was dead. The bad guys had won. The man for whom they gave up everything to follow – family, jobs, friends, was taken from them violently.
Jesus had not yet returned to them in different vessels, and he had not yet met with two of the other apostles and walked with them in a vessel they did not know. As far as they knew, he was dead, and they had no idea where they would go from there.
Imagine witnessing his suffering, and Jesus’ response to his mockers. Can you feel their heavy hearts? Is their inner outrage at the injustice of it all a part of your DNA?
For three hours, Jesus experienced the absence of God up on that cross. He felt his father’s face turn away. He saw and felt darkness and despair in his heart. This was indicative of what we would feel when the comforter turned away during the dark hours of the tribulation.
And just as the disciples, we will watch evil have its way for a short time. Some of us will be killed for the testimony, others oppressed, beaten or silenced in some other way, for His namesake. Faith in knowing that this short time is also in God’s plan; realizing the symptoms are necessary in order to fight the disease.
Indeed it has already been diagnosed – and that is most of the battle.
Three Days, and Three and a half years
Three days follow parallel to three years. Even after Christ arose from the dead, the first noteworthy conversion was Saul of Tarsus. Saul was a persecutor of Christians. For no other reason than that God chose him, Paul received the Holy Ghost, which could not come but for Jesus being glorified in heaven. Saul did not have to get baptized in water to receive this experience although he may have been baptized in water later. The Bible does not say.
He was blinded for three days, and made dependent of the very people he persecuted. He was completely humbled and at the mercy of his victims. He experienced mercy, and he was changed.
“And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 9. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink."
Ananias was chosen to give Paul back his sight, through the Holy Ghost. The Lord tells Ananias when balks, “He is a chosen vessel unto me”.
"And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. 11. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12. And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14. And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 15. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:"
Oddly enough we see reference to a “street called Straight” – Where else do you see a name of a street in the Bible? There is no other place in the Bible with street name. Worded specifically it says “go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth” . . .
Go INTO the street called Straight”? What is the opposite of “straight”?
"In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea."
The Lord Jesus made “Straight” the crooked way of Saul of Tarsus.
Where we are going from here, you will need to refresh on this subject:
Then meet me back here in a couple of days . . . Ms. K, You know who you are, and you know what I am thanking you for.
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