. I am going to give a teaching on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, so that it will be clear to you, and anyone who reads, God willing. We in the west have a different idea of time than God does. We say a day begins at midnight and commonly think of Monday as the first day of the week. We also have drifted from God's Holy Sabbaths. laid out for us in detail in Leviticus chapter 23, to a series of "holidays" based on pagan culture and pagan calendars.So let's begin in Leviticus 23 to see how God shared His Holy days and then we can have a better understanding of our Jewish Messiah, and His fulfillment of biblical Sabbaths. God begins telling Moses that these are HIS feasts, not Jewish feasts as people like to call them. Lev 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
Then God goes on to list first the weekly sabbath given to us in the book of Genesis 2:2.and again in Leviiucus 23:3 Lev 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
A sabbath of the LORD very important to note that, it will be very important later. In Lev23:4 God begins to explain to us His yearly Sabbaths. Jesus went up to Jerusalem to keep the feast of unleavened bread in Mathew chapter 26. This is the feast we will look more closely into to get a biblical perspective on what took place with Jesus and the feast of unleavened bread, and the passover. In Mathew chapter 26:18 Jesus tells the disciples to go into the city and tell a man they will keep the passover at his house. Mat 26:18 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 disciple Jesus when evening had come He sat down with the 12 to keep the feast of passover. Mat 26:20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
Jesus did this keeping the feast of passover described in Levicus 23:5 Lev 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover. God makes clear that in His time a biblical day begins at sundown in Genesis1:5 Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
So understanding that a biblical day begins at sundown, then we can see that the feast that Jesus kept at evening is the beginning of the day of Passover or the 14th day of the first month (April in our calendar usually,) that evening He was betrayed to the hands of sinners. In Mathew 26:23 Mat 26:23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
Later that evening Jesus was taken by the temple guard in the garden of Gethsemane.
Mat 26:45 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.
So Jesus goes on to be tried by Pilate and eventually condemned to death later on in the day of the Passover. Mat 27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
So the Jews saw to it that Jesus be crucified fulfilling the passover sacrifice of a Lamb spotless being given for the sins of the people.....Mat 27:40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
So they buried Jesus in the tomb of Joseph of Ariamathaea. Math 27:57-60 the next day was a sabbath day of rest according to the feast of unleavened bread. Lev 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
Lev 23:7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Now Jesus said he would be in the grave 3 days and 3 nights. Mat 12:40 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.
Jesus also went on to define that there are 12hours in a day, so therefore there are 12 hours in a night. Joh 11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
So taking in to account the words of Jesus Christ 3days and 3 nights would be 72hours. There is no way you can get 72hours from so called "good Friday" to what is also called "Easter Sunday" It is impossible. SO let's look closer at the scripture to make sense of what we have here, and draw a sensible conclusion. Jesus was crucified on Passover a Wednesday. they put Him in the ground before the day of Preparation of the feast of Unleavened bread.which was Thursday that year. and 72 hours later Jesus resurrected on the weekly Sabbath (Saturday) evening.(i.e. @ dusk)
Let us discover why this is so. Joh 20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
Mary Magdeline went to the tomb "while it was yet dark" that is to say at the end of the seventh day sabbath she high tailed it to the tomb before sunrise Sunday morning. Jesus was already risen. A woman had no legal standing in those days in Israel so she couldn't be a witness alone, so she went to get men to verify this. Joh 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
So if we take in to account Jesus was placed in the tomb 72 hours earlier than the Sabbath evening when He was resurrected. than we come to Wednesday
evening-Saturday evening=72hours a perfect fulfillment of the scriptures. Also it explains why Jesus did so many healings on the sabbath day, prior to being crucified. Because these were smaller "types " of the greater fulfillment of what was to come. Let me explain. In Genesis chapter 22 Abraham was told to take his son Issac up mount Moriah to sacrifice his son. Gen 22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
This is what is called a "typical fulfillment" or the smaller and incomplete fulfillment of prophecy. Abraham prophesied centuries earlier what God Himself would do with His only begotten Son, in the "anti -typical" or "complete" fulfillment of prophecy Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Now we can know why Jesus Himself called Himself the "Lord of the sabbath" Luk 6:5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. This is because Jesus not only fulfilled the Passover Sabbath, but the Seventh day of rest as well. Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Yeshua fulfilled the Sabbath of FIrstfruits (Leviticus 23:9-14) Jesus rose from the dead the firstfruits of the resurrection- (Joh 20:17) Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. & 1Co 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. As Jesus cleary stated in (John 11:25) He is the resurrection and the life. Joh 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Joh 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? This is proven with many witnesses in ( Math 27:52, 53) Mat 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Mat 27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
There are many who teach that Sunday is the "day of the Lord" this is proven to be false here, if we just let the scriptures fulfill themselves. So we see the keeping of the day of the Sun like pagans is no longer necessary. Neither the keeping of pagan holidays of Easter Sunday, with Sunrise services. God tells us plainly not to learn the way of the heathen. Jer 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
I hope this makes clear according to scripture exactly how Jesus Christ of Nazareth the Son of God is indeed the Lord of the Sabbath as he resurrected on the weekly sabbath day. SATURDAY on our calendar. Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
So as we now know the truth of what the bible teaches of the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ of Nazareth, let us honor Him by not keeping pagan holidays, but rather let us learn the Holy days that God Himself has laid out for us in Leviticus chapter23. and not be called one who honors our Lord with our lips only. Mat 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
and also that we are not guilty of keeping the traditions of men of higher esteem than our Lord and His Sabbaths!! Mar 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.