I am often asked questions such as “why are Easter and Passover on different dates?”.
Most questioners do not realise that Easter was a later idea (199ce) to make the execution and resurrection of Jesus/Ye’shua fit in with the Julian calendar of the Roman empire. The western churches (Rome, Byzantium, Alexandria) went ahead with this change and the eastern churches (Antioch, Ephesus, Jerusalem and beyond) remained faithful to the Passover dates.
As this piece of work clearly shows, Jesus/Ye’shua was executed on the Day of Passover.
The position of Passover People is that it is at Passover that these events should be remembered and celebrated. There is no justification to remember & celebrate them at any other time.
Other items on this site show clearly that Passover is on the 14th & 15th Aviv/Nissan every year. To find out the equivalent date in the western calendar go here:
14th Aviv/Nissan is the Day of Preparation. In the days of Jesus/Ye’shua, this was the day when the Passover lamb was taken to the temple and sacrificed during the afternoon before sunset. Sunset is the end of the day.
15th Aviv/Nissan, ie immediately after sunset, the lamb was put over the fire and roasted during twilight. After dark the lamb and other items were eaten, a meal that went on deep into the night. (See Luke 22: 7- 13, in deep orange in the coloured Gospels below.)
In the 21st century, it is this meal that is referred to as Passover.
Click here to see the explanation of the Passover Colour Scheme we have used. From there you will be able to follow the highlighted gospels.
This colour presentation of passages from the four Gospels, shows us how the Gospel writers describe the events church-goers associate with the Easter Story.
As you trace the events through the Gospel accounts, we hope that “before your very eyes”, so-to-speak, you will notice that the Passover looms large at the centre of these events.
Level two will show in more detail how certain threads are repeated through the four Gospels, often word for word.
We hope everyone who wants to walk closely with Jesus/Ye’shua will find this especially helpful.
Preachers and teachers are welcome to use this colour scheme as a visual aid in the their teaching activity providing only that they credit this source and acknowledge to their congregations that the Gospel writers are clearly describing the Passover event.
In particular, Messianic Jews will be fascinated by the details about Passover contained in the accounts which are vividly identified by the colour scheme.
The four gospels highlighted.