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Written by Ben Winslett   
Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00

A short list of facts pertaining to Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.


Jesus was to be three full days and three full nights in the tomb. This places his death more than likely on Wednesday. Matthew 12:40


In dating Christ's death and resurrection, it's important to consider that a Hebrew day began at Evening, not midnight or morning. Genesis 1:5

Jesus' body was removed from the Cross in accord the Jews' observance of a Sabbath, which is not to be understood as the weekly Saturday Sabbath but an annual Sabbath, the Feast of Unleavened Bread which began and ended with a day of 'holy convocation,' or Sabbath. Exodus 12:16

Jesus' crucifixion was during the Feast of Unleavened bread, a feast wherein Israelites were to eat unleavened bread for seven full days. Exodus 12, Exodus 23:15, Mark 14:1

When Christ instituted the ordinance of The Lord's Supper, the Feast of Unleavened Bread was ongoing, meaning the bread used today in the Lord's Supper must be unleavened. Matthew 26:26

The Feast of Unleavened Bread was called the Passover. Exodus 12:27, Luke 22:1

In the Passover, a lamb was to be slain and it's blood applied to the lintel and side posts of the door of each Israelite's home. Exodus 12:23

Passover was in memory of when God judged the nation of Egypt for enslaving Israel by slaying their firstborn but 'passing over' the firstborn of Israel. Exodus 12

While the firstborn of Israel were spared in part because they were a chosen people, the actual act of God 'passing over' in judgment was on the basis of the applied blood of the Passover Lamb. Exodus 12:23

This pointed to the coming work of Christ, in which God's true chosen people would be saved from wrath by the application of the Blood of Christ, our Passover Lamb. 1 Corinthians 5:7, John 1:29, Revelation 5:6

Much like Christ, the Passover Lamb was to be 1) without spot or blemish, 2) slain in the midst of the congregation, 3) slain FOR the chosen people, 4) killed in the evening, 5) eaten with bitter herbs, possibly symbolizing the bitter nature of Christ's death.

Some time very early on the first day of the Hebrew week, which technically begins our Saturday evening, Christ conquered death and arose victorious. (Remember, a Hebrew day begins at the evening). Matthew 28:1

At the end of the weekly Sabbath, Saturday, Mary and Mary Magdalene traveled to the tomb. As they arrived early on the first day of the week, Christ had risen! Matthew 28:1-8

Christ's resurrection declares two great truths: 1) That Christ is the Son of God and 2) That Christ was completely victorious in His work - Salvation was bought for 'His people' through His shed blood! Romans 1:4, Hebrews 10

It is finished!

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