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John 19:31 ** Therefore, because it was the Preparation day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Vine’s expository dictionary describes high as a Greek word megas in this passage as the Sabbath Day at Passover. Luke 24:13 begins the Sunday walk to Emmaus which was after three days and three nights according to scripture that Jesus was in the tomb from before sundown Wednesday. Various historical records document that Passover; a special Sabbath day for HIS Holy time of death that year was on Thursday.  

Chapter 24 of Luke continues the walk of the resurrected Jesus who instructed two of HIS disciples how to face problems. That same day the two disciples were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles out of Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. Suddenly, Jesus Himself came along and joined them and began walking beside them, but they didn’t know who HE was, because God kept them from recognizing HIM. “You seem to be in a deep discussion about something,” Jesus said. “What are you so concerned about?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces, then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about the entire things that have happened there the last few days.”

Jesus never intended for us to go it alone when distressed and confused with the problems of life. He is always eager when we ask HIM to guide us and to help us solve life’s problems.  Let us look at how he did this as they walked the seven miles from Jerusalem,

“What things?’ Jesus asked, “The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did wonderful miracles. He was a mighty teacher, highly regarded by both God and all the people. But our leading priest and other leaders arrested him and handed him over to the Romans to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had thought he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. That happened three days ago.

Then Jesus quoted passages from the writing of Moses and all the prophets, explaining what the scriptures said about HIM. By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus would have gone on, but they begged HIM to stay the night with them, since it was getting late. So HE went home with them. As they sat down to eat, HE took a small loaf of bread, asked God’s blessing on it, it broke it, then gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him, and at that moment HE vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:31). 

Using the calendar of God described in Genesis 1:3-5, each day begins at sunset and ends at sunset. The dawning of the first days of the week (very early in the morning Sunday begins at dusk Saturday evening, Luke 24:1).

Christ opened the eyes and minds of his distressed disciples by piecing the scriptures (Old Testament) together for full understanding. May our Lord open the eyes of all who read and understand this message, for we are surely in the in the time of the end. We should take great comfort in the knowledge we ourselves find in scripture that our perfect and wonderful Creator God has made available as the end time rapidly approaches. The Good News is, if we prepare ourselves spiritually by asking forgiveness of sin and asking for guidance, it can be a time of joy as we approach HIS Kingdom. Stand straight and look up for the Kingdom of peace and love is almost here!  “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). ** “For whoever is ashamed of ME and MY words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of man also will be ashamed when HE comes in the glory of HIS father with the holy angels.”(Mark 8:38). ** Be blessed until we meet in Jerusalem in the ONE Holy Church of God!