Christ Celebrates the Last Supper on Passover
The Hebrew leaders were meticulous and obsessive with respect to the feast days and other celebrations that surrounded their religious beliefs. The new day began exactly at sundown, for instance, and watchers stood on towers observing closely the rising and setting of the sun, and announced these occurances continuously to the populace of the city.
The beginning and ending of the sabbath was also noted with care. In all of these cases the concern was powered by religious rituals that hinged on the days in question. When Jesus was crucified, for instance, there was great concern that His body be buried before the Passover began. He died at about 3 PM according to scripture and the Passover began at sunset that friday evening.
This Jewish concern for exact dates and seasons was not supposed to be shared by Christ's disciples. Paul wrote in his letters that Christians should give no thought to special days, weeks, years or the like. Even so, a great liturgical calendar has sprung up over the insuing centuries, marking such days as Easter, Christmas, saint's days and many other holy occasions.
There has always been concern in the church over the date of Christ's final passover celebration. God was meticulous that Jesus obey Old Testament Law precisely as it was laid down, so that in keeping it perfectly, He could take control of it on our behalf. It seemed important in this respect that His Last Supper should occur in conjunction with the meal of Passover.
Instead, it took place on thursday evening, one day earlier.
However, there is a legitimate and legal scientific way for it to have taken place a day later than the calendar showed. The reason is tied to a discovery made by the crew of Magellan when they made the first circumnavigation of the globe. They discovered that they were one day off in their date calculations and queried astronomers as to why this was so.
The answer they received changed the way we measure solar time. The earth is round, so a day begins in a constant sweep around the planet. It ends in the same way. The point of its beginning and ending is arbitrary. Realizing this fact, the astronomers of the last century ordered an imaginary line to be drawn zigzag shape from the north pole to the south pole down through the Pacific Ocean. There, they decreed, in a location almost uninhabited, the day for the entire planet would begin and end. Since then, the line has remained in that location.
However, at the time of God, no such line existed. But it could have, and it must have, because the Jewish leaders were so obsessed with the exactitude of solar measures.
Had God, who understood such things, determined the location of that line, He could place it wherever He wished. And He could move it if He wanted to. Since God is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, it would seem appropriate that the line should begin and end wherever He happened to be. At the time of Christ, of course, God was in Jerusalem.
Using this principal of science, Jesus could easily have passed out to his disciples on friday evening, his body (in the form of bread) that had been crucified the day before (on thursday).
There are compelling reasons to believe that this is exactly what happened. See the link listed below for a detailed discussion of this possibility.
'The Clock of God', Chapter 20, 'Two Resurrections'
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