This Scriptural Calendar study shows how Messiah fulfilled the spring Holy Feast Days during His first advent, and how we should observe them.
Here are the three Spring Feasts that our Messiah has fulfilled:
The Feast of Passover pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb whose blood was shed for our sins.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible).
The Feast of First Fruits pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. (1 Cor. 15:20)
Here is a link to an online tool which gives you a Biblical calendar, with the Sabbath Days and Feast Days, based on where you live:
Here is how the first month of the Biblical calendar is laid out this year:
The dark conjunction of the the moon occurred on 03/08/16, so the New Moon Day is the next day.
The New Moon Day is a Wednesday 03/09/16, on the Gregorian calendar, so that means that the weekly Sabbaths also fall on Wednesday.
Passover is on the 14th day of the biblical month, which is 03/22/16 on the Gregorian calendar. It is a preparation day for the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread starts on the 15th of the biblical month, which is 03/23/16 on the Gregorian calendar. It is called a High Sabbath because it is a Feast Day that falls on a Sabbath Day. This feast is 7 days long.
The Feast of First Fruits occurs after the Sabbath, on the 16th of the biblical month, which is 03/24/16 on the Gregorian calendar.
Below is a description of how Messiah fulfilled Bible prophecy during the three Spring Feast Days, along with tips on how we can remember what He has done for us.
Note: On the bottom of this article is a Print/PDF button, that you can use to print this out, as it has quite a few verses.
Passover is about the Lamb of Elohim being sacrificed for our sins. Abraham understood that the promised Messiah would atone for his sins.
And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “See, the fire and the wood! But where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, Elohim does provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” Genesis 22:7-8
Every true Israelite; Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Daniel, etc., all believed that the Messiah would come and atone for their sins. We look back on that event.
knowing that you were redeemed from your futile way of life inherited from your fathers, not with what is corruptible, silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, 1 Peter 1:18-19
Exodus 12:14 proclaims that the Feast of Passover is to remembered by true Israelites forever.
‘And this day shall become to you a remembrance. And you shall observe it as a festival to Yahuah throughout your generations – observe it as a festival, an everlasting law.
Christians typically observe communion once a month, some do it every week. But when Messiah told us to remember Him by eating bread and drinking wine, He was saying to remember the Holy Feast Day of Passover.
Matthew 26:19-20, 26-29
And the taught ones did as Yahusha had ordered them, and prepared the Passover.
And when evening came, He sat down with the twelve.
And as they were eating, Yahusha took bread, and having blessed, broke and gave it to the taught ones and said, “Take, eat, this is My body.” And taking the cup, and giving thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. “For this is My blood, that of the renewed covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I shall certainly not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on till that day when I drink it anew with you in the reign of My Father.”
And He said to them, “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before My suffering, for I say to you, I shall certainly not eat of it again until it is filled in the reign of Elohim.” And taking the cup, giving thanks, He said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves, for I say to you, I shall certainly not drink of the fruit of the vine until the reign of Elohim comes.”
And taking bread, giving thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of Me. Likewise the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the renewed covenant in My blood which is shed for you.
And the Passover was near, the festival of the Yehuḏim.
John 6:32 -36
Therefore Yahusha said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Mosheh did not give you the bread out of the heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread out of the heaven. For the bread of Elohim is He who comes down out of the heaven and gives life to the world. So they said to Him, “Master, give us this bread always. And Yahusha said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall not get hungry at all, and he who believes in Me shall not get thirsty at all. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and still do not believe.
Paul told the Corinthians to keep the feast. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
Therefore cleanse out the old leaven, so that you are a new lump, as you are unleavened. For also Messiah our Passover was offered for us. So then let us observe the festival, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of evil and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Messiah? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Messiah? Because there is one bread, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
1 Corinthians 11:23-28
For I received from the Master that which I also delivered to you: that the Master Yahusha in the night in which He was delivered up took bread, and having given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the renewed covenant in My blood. As often as you drink it, do this in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Master until He comes. So that whoever should eat this bread or drink this cup of the Master unworthily shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Master. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.
We don’t have to sacrifice a lamb and go through all of the ceremonial law demands, but we should spend time reflecting on how the Lamb of Elohim fulfilled it in exact detail.
A few days before Passover, Messiah foretold that He would be delivered up to be crucified, and His body was anointed with Spikenard.
A woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. Matthew 26:7
You can use Spikenard essential oil, to remember Messiah’s willingness to die for you; so that you in turn desire to die to yourself to honor Him.
For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Matthew 26:12
Messiah observed communion with His disciples as a remembrance for them about His atoning death for their sins.
Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; Luke 22:15
This video explains the importance of observing the Passover communion, as it signifies our covenant with the Father through Messiah
We should also observe the Passover communion. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 tells us how.
For I received from the Master that which I also delivered to you: that the Master Yahusha in the night in which He was delivered up took bread, and having given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the renewed covenant in My blood. As often as you drink it, do this in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Master until He comes.
We should inspect our life and pray for forgiveness for our sins, so that we are without sin as we remember the sacrifice of our Passover Lamb.
“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:27-28
And having sung a song, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Mark 14:26
I thank You, For You have answered me, And have become my deliverance. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner-stone. This was from יהוה, It is marvellous in our eyes. Psalm 118:21-23
Messiah went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.
“My being is exceedingly grieved, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” And going forward a little, He fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I desire, but as You desire.” Matthew 26:38-39
“Father, if it be Your counsel, remove this cup from Me. Yet not My desire, but let Yours be done.” And there appeared a messenger from heaven to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He was praying more earnestly. And His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:42-44
For He grew up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or splendor that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should desire Him – despised and rejected by men, a man of pains (sorrows) and knowing sickness. And as one from whom the face is hidden, being despised, and we did not consider Him. Isaiah 53:2-3
On the 14th Day the Holy Feast Day of Passover was a divine appointment for Messiah to die as the Passover Lamb of Elohim, to atone for our sins.
Elohim commanded that the sacrificial lamb be inspected, to verify that it was blemish-free;
“Speak to all the congregation of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘On the tenth day of this month each one of them is to take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household…‘Let the lamb be a perfect one” Exodus 12:3-5
This began when the Jewish leaders asked Him questions to try to expose Him.
And they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in a word… And they marveled at Him… knowing that He had answered them well…. and that he answered wisely…. And after that no one was bold enough to question Him. Mark 12:13, 17, 28, 34
The Jewish leaders could find nothing to accuse Messiah of, so they sought false witnesses.
“And the chief priests, and the elders, and all the council were seeking false witness against Yahusha to put Him to death, but found none. Although many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward” Matthew 26:59-60
Pilate could find no guilt in Messiah.
“And Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no guilt in this Man.” Luke 23:4
“So when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they shouted, saying, “Impale! Impale!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and impale Him, for I find no guilt in Him.” John 19:6
Messiah did not seek to defend Himself, fulfilling prophecy.
And Pilate again asked Him, saying, “Have You no answer? See how much they witness against You!” But Yahusha still gave no answer, so that Pilate marveled. Mark 15:4-5
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, but He did not open His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, but He did not open His mouth. Isaiah 53:7
Messiah was spat on and struck, fulfilling prophecy.
Then they spat in His face and beat Him, and others slapped Him, Matthew 26:67
I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard, I did not hide My face from humiliation and spitting. Isaiah 50:6
Messiah was delivered up to be scourged and crucified, as Pilate sought to satisfy the Jewish leaders.
Then he released Barabba to them, but having Yahusha whipped, he delivered Him over to be impaled. Matthew 27:26
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our crookednesses. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
Messiah was given a purple robe, crowned with thorns, mocked, spit upon and struck on the head; by the Roman soldiers.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Yahusha into the court and gathered the entire company of soldiers around Him. And having stripped Him, they put a scarlet robe on Him. And plaiting a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they kneeled down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Greetings, Sovereign of the Yehuḏim!” And spitting on Him they took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, then put His own garments on Him, and led Him away to be impaled. Matthew 27:27-31
Messiah was led outside the city to be crucified.
And as they were going out, they found a man of Cyrene, Shimʽon by name – they compelled him to bear His stake. Matthew 27:32
We are compelled to carry our stake daily, for his glory:
And he who does not take up his stake and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Matthew 10:38
Then יהושע said to His taught ones, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his stake, and follow Me. Matthew 16:24
And having been found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, death even of a stake. Elohim, therefore, has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, Philippians 2:8-9
Messiah foretold the destruction of Jerusalem and of the Jews, because they had rejected Him and delivered Him up to be killed.
And a great number of the people were following Him, and women who also were mourning and lamenting Him. But Yahusha turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. “For look, days are coming in which they shall say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and wombs that never bore, and the breasts which never nursed!’ Luke 23:27 -29
This is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Daniel 9:26-27
And the people of a coming prince shall destroy the city and the set-apart place. And the end of it is with a flood. And wastes are decreed, and fighting until the end… And on the wing of abominations he shall lay waste, even until the complete end and that which is decreed is poured out on the one who lays waste.
In Matthew 23:31-35, Messiah had said:
“Thus you bear witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who did murder the prophets – and you fill up the measure of your fathers! “Serpents, brood of adders! How would you escape the judgment of Gehenna? “Because of this, see, I send you prophets, and wise men, and scholars of Scripture.1 Some of them you shall kill and impale, and some of them you shall flog in your congregations and persecute from city to city, so that on you should come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Heḇel to the blood of Zeḵaryah, son of Bereḵyah, whom you murdered between the Dwelling Place and the altar.
The Jewish leaders unknowingly had foretold their demise when they said:
And all the people answering, said, “His blood be on us and on our children.” Matthew 27:25
Elohim commanded that the lambs to be bound at 9am, for preparation for their sacrifice;
And it was the third hour, and they impaled Him. Mark 15:25
Messiah’s hands and feet were pierced, fulfilling prophecy.
For dogs have surrounded Me; A crowd of evil ones have encircled Me, Piercing My hands and My feet. Psalms 22:16
And I shall pour on the house of Dawiḏ and on the inhabitants of Yerushalayim a spirit of favour and prayers. And they shall look on Me whom they pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son. And they shall be in bitterness over Him as a bitterness over the first-born. Zechariah 12:10
We should remember our Messiah at the 3rd hour, at 9am, as He was bound to the cross.
Messiah was placed between two sinners, fulfilling prophecy.
And with Him they impaled two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. And the Scripture was filled which says, “And He was reckoned with the lawless.” Mark 15:27-28
Therefore I give Him a portion among the great, and He divides the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His being unto death, and He was counted with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12
Soldiers gambled for Messiah’s garments, fulfilling prophecy.
And having impaled Him, they divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be filled what was spoken by the prophet, “They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.” Matthew 27:35
They divide My garments among them, And for My raiment they cast lots. Psalms 22:18
Messiah was mocked, fulfilling prophecy.
And those passing by were blaspheming Him, shaking their heads, And likewise the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocking, said, “He saved others – He is unable to save Himself. If He is the Sovereign of Yisra’ĕl, let Him now come down from the stake, and we shall believe Him. “He trusted in Elohim, let Him rescue Him now if He desires Him, for He said, ‘I am the Son of Elohim.’ ” Matthew 27:39-43
“All those who see Me mock Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted in Yahuah, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, seeing He has delighted in Him!” Psalms 22:7-8
Messiah prayed for his enemies.
And Yahusha said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. Luke 23:34
Darkness covered the land from noon until 3 pm, but since eclipses don’t last three hours, there had to be a supernatural explanation.
And from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land, until the ninth hour. Matthew 27:45
We should remember Him as He hung on the cross for six grueling hours.
Messiah endured crucifixion as the Passover Lamb of Elohim, so that we could have a covenant relationship with His Father.
But Elohim proves His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Messiah died for us. Romans 5:8
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having blotted out the certificate of debt against us – by the dogmas – which stood against us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the stake. Colossians 2:13-14
We too, then, having so great a cloud of witnesses all around us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race set before us, looking to the Princely Leader and Perfecter of our belief, Yahusha, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the stake, having despised the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of Elohim. Hebrews 12:1-2
Hyssop was raised up to Messiah before He died, which symbolically pointed back to hyssop being used on first Passover.
After this, Yahusha, knowing that all had been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be accomplished, said, “I thirst!” A bowl of sour wine stood there, and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and held it to His mouth. John 19:28-29
And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin, and you, none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. Exodus 12:22
The blood of the Spotless Lamb of Elohim cleanses us from our sins.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I am clean; Wash me, and I am whiter than snow. Psalms 51:7
Messiah cried out to His Father.
And about the ninth hour יהושע cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Ěli, Ěli, lemah sheḇaqtani?” that is, “My Ěl, My Ěl, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46
My Ěl, My Ěl, why have You forsaken Me – Far from saving Me, far from the words of My groaning? Psalms 22:1
At the 9th hour (3 pm) the Jewish High Priest would have offered a lamb as the sin offering, and say “It is finished”.
Messiah mirrored that in exacting detail:
So when Yahusha took the sour wine He said, “It has been accomplished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30
We should remember our Messiah at the 9th hour, at 3pm, as He took His last breath and said “It is finished.”
Truly, He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains. Yet we reckoned Him stricken, smitten by Elohim, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4
We all, like sheep, went astray, each one of us has turned to his own way. And Yahuah has laid on Him the crookedness of us all. Isaiah 53:6
But Yahuah was pleased to crush Him, He laid sickness on Him, that when He made Himself an offering for guilt, He would see a seed, He would prolong His days and the pleasure of Yahuah prosper in His hand. Isaiah 53:10
But Elohim proves His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Messiah died for us. Romans 5:8
Isaiah 53:8 foretold that Messiah would be ‘cut off’ for our sins.
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
This directly matches Daniel 9:26 which foretold that His sacrifice would end the need for temple sacrifices, as He was the one-time atonement for our sins, “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off and have naught…”
When Messiah died, the veil of the temple was torn in two, marking the end of the need for temple sacrifices.
And see, the veil of the Dwelling Place was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth was shaken, and the rocks were split, and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the set-apart ones who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, they went into the set-apart city and appeared to many. Matthew 27:51-53
This fulfilled the prophecy in Daniel 9:27, And he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week. And in the middle of the week he shall put an end to slaughtering and meal offering.”
Messiah’s bones were not broken, fulfilling prophecy.
Therefore the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who was impaled with Him, but when they came to Yahusha and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. John 19:33-36
And Yahauh said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the law of the Passover… It is eaten in one house, you are not to take any of the flesh outside the house, nor are you to break any bone of it. Exodus 12:43, 46
He is guarding all his bones; Not one of them is broken. Psalms 34:20
The soldiers pierced Messiah’s side, fulfilling prophecy.
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and instantly blood and water came out. John 19:34
“And I shall pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of favor and prayers. And they shall look on Me whom they pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son. And they shall be in bitterness over Him as a bitterness over the first-born. Zechariah 12:10
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our crookednesses. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:3
His blood poured out, fulfilling the Sin offering procedures of the High Priest.
And the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and shall put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and pour all the blood at the base of the altar. Leviticus 4:34
On the first Passover when the Israelites were being delivered from Egypt, they put the blood of the lamb on the wood beams, as a sign of protection.
‘And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Exodus 12:7
‘And the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I shall pass over you, and let the plague not come on you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:13
Messiah’s blood as the Passover Lamb would have been on the stake/the cross beam, and the vertical beam, as His hands and feet were nailed to them.
and to Yahusha the Mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling which speaks better than the blood of Abel. Hebrews 12:24
In Revelation 1:8, Messiah proclaims “I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, Beginning and End,” say Yahusha “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Taw/Thau means covenant, mark, sign. The Pictograph of the letter is the cross. Messiah ratified the everlasting covenant, with His shed blood, on the cross of Calvary.
Messiah was buried in the evening on the day of Passover, which is the preparation for the High Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
“And when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the reign of Elohim, came, boldly went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Yahusha.” Mark 15:42-43
He was buried in a tomb that had never been used. No doubt the Jewish leaders would have had His body buried in a place where criminals were placed.
And taking it down, he wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb hewn out of the rock, where no one was yet laid. Luke 23:53
“And He was appointed a grave with the wrong, and with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence (wrong), nor was deceit in His mouth.” Isaiah 53:9
We need to follow His example and die to self:
“And if we died with Messiah, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Messiah, having been raised from the dead, dies no more – death no longer rules over Him. For in that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in that He lives, He lives to Elohim. So you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to Elohim in Messiah Yahusha our Master” Rom 6:8-11
We should remember Messiah on High Sabbath Feast of Unleavened Bread, as He was in the tomb all day.
‘Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. Indeed on the first day you cause leaven to cease from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that being shall be cut off from Israel. Exodus 12:15
We can remember the Feast of Unleavened Bread by not eating leavened bread during the seven days.
‘And you shall guard the Festival of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I brought your divisions out of the land of Egypt. And you shall guard this day throughout your generations, an everlasting law. Exodus 12:17
More importantly, we should seek to remove leaven, sin, from our lives.
These verses declare that Messiah was without sin.
“For You do not leave my being in the grave, Neither let Your Kind One see corruption” Psalm 16:10
“For He made Him WHO KNEW NO SIN to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of Elohim” 2 Corinthians 5:21
“For we do not have a High Priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was tried in all respects as we are, apart from sin” Hebrews 4:15
“knowing that you were redeemed from your futile way of life inherited from your fathers, not with what is corruptible, silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb UNBLEMISHED AND SPOTLESS, foreknown, indeed, before the foundation of the world, but manifested in these last times for your sakes.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
“who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth,” 1 Peter 2:22
“For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the defiled, sets apart for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of the Messiah, who through the everlasting Spirit offered Himself UNBLEMISHED to Elohim, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim?” Hebrews 9:14
We should remember Messiah as He rose again on the Feast of First Fruits.
Messiah told us that He’s coming back…
Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. And he saw the linen wrappings lying, and the cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but folded up in a place by itself. John 20:6-7
The folded napkin indicates thought, care, and composure; and clearly showed, that the body was not taken away in a hurry, or by thieves.
Instead it signified a Hebrew tradition between a Master and his servant, which every Jewish boy knew.
When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished. Now if the master was done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, ‘I’m done’. But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because……….
The folded napkin meant, ‘I’m coming back!’
Note: since the napkin was on His head, that would have not allowed His face to have made an impression on the supposed Shroud of Turin.
We should remember our Messiah on the 3rd day, and celebrate that He is risen. He was the First Fruits, the promise that we too will rise to be with Him.
that the Messiah would suffer, would be the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light to the people and to the gentiles. Acts 26:23
But now Messiah has been raised from the dead, and has become the first-fruit of those having fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15:20
For as all die in Aḏam, so also all shall be made alive in Messiah. And each in his own order: Messiah the first-fruits, then those who are of Messiah at His coming, 1 Corinthians 15:22-23
For You do not leave my being in the grave, Neither let Your Kind One see corruption. Psalm 16:10
But Elohim does redeem my being From the power of the grave, For He does receive me. Selah. Psalm 49:15
For unto this Messiah died and rose and lived again, to rule over both the dead and the living. Romans 14:9
And the messenger responding, said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Yahusha who was impaled. “He is not here, for He was raised, as He said. Come, see the place where the Master lay. Matthew 28:5-6
Yahusha said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he dies, he shall live. John 11:25
Foreseeing this he spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah, that His being was neither left in the grave, nor did His flesh see corruption. “Elohim has raised up this Yahusha, of which we are all witnesses. Acts 2:31-32
And with great power the emissaries gave witness to the resurrection of the Master Yahusha, and great favour was upon them all. Acts 4:33
Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Master Yahusha Messiah, who according to His great compassion has caused us to be born again to a living expectation through the resurrection of Yahusha Messiah from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, having been kept in the heavens for you, who are protected by the power of Elohim through belief, for a deliverance ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5
Blessed and set-apart is the one having part in the first resurrection. The second death possesses no authority over these, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Revelation 20:6
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