This is Good Friday according to Christian tradition, but it’s not the day Yeshua (Jesus) was crucified as the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). The Scripture record explains that Yeshua’s execution took place in the middle of the week, on the day we call Wednesday. Thus He was in the grave the full three days and three nights as prophesied (Matthew 12:40), returning to life on the day we call Sunday, the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-7; John 20:1-18).
We live in a very exciting time. Right before our eyes, God is restoring to His people the whole counsel of His Word. That is why we can see Yeshua in the appointed times of God which have been preserved by Jews over the centuries. I cannot emphasize enough these words of the Apostle Paul:
What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God. (Romans 3:1-2 NKJV)
We Christians do ourselves and our Jewish brethren a great disservice by continuing to divorce our faith from its roots as planted deeply by our Lord in the hearts of our common fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Therefore let us learn from one another that we may be complete in Yeshua, the One New Man established by His death, burial, resurrection, and eternal example.
Here are some tools made available through fellow Hebrew Roots bloggers that help with our understanding of this truth. The first is a graphic provided by the brethren at Faith, Grace & Torah:
Download high quality 8.5×11 PDF of this timeline here.
Download high quality 11×17 PDF of this timeline here.
The second offering was posted recently on Pete Rambo’s blog natsab (Here I Stand). This 50-minute movie not only presents Passover in a first-century Jewish context, but puts Yeshua right there in the middle of it. If you ever had any doubts about Yeshua’s Jewishness, or His fulfillment of the prophesied redemption as Messiah, carve out a little time this weekend and take a look at this production by Kingdom Entertainment – maybe even sandwich it between your annual screening of The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur.