The Memorial of the Death of Christ, April 7, 2020


SPECIAL - on April 2, our group will study Bro. Lee\'s podcast about the importance of the Passover Feast, focusing on its history (Exo 12:11-51) and the deep meaning of Jesus\' fulfillment (1Co 5:7; Heb 11:28).

PWLA: Ep. Passover and Memorial study 

April 7, 2020: 7 pm Central Time, 8 pm Eastern Time, 6 pm Mountain Time, 5 pm Pacific Standard Time.

Meeting ID: 930-206-5818

Note from Br. Dave:


REMINDER, our Memorial Observance on April 7, 2020, will commence at:
8:00 PM Eastern;
7:00 PM Central;
6:00 PM Mountain;
5:00 PM Pacific.
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REMINDER: SPECIAL – on April 2, our group will study Bro. Lee’s podcast about the importance of the Passover Feast, focusing on its history (Exo_12:11-51) and the deep meaning of Jesus’ fulfillment (1Co_5:7; Heb_11:28).


The Jewish calendar in use today is termed “modern” to distinguish it from the “ancient” calendar, which goes back to early Old Testament times. But the “modern” Jewish calendar was already in use in the early centuries of the Christian era. Originally the rules governing its calculation were kept secret to maintain the dependency of scattered tribes upon the ruling hierarchy. But in 359 A.D. the rules were finally published by Rabbi Hillel II and made available to all Jews in the dispersion. This made it possible for the calendar to be calculated centuries in advance, and it eliminated all confusion regarding occurrences of the holy days.

This is precisely why we believe it is still useful for Christians today to base the calculation of the Memorial date upon the Jewish calendar. It comes closest to approximating the ancient Jewish custom. Its use is certainly advantageous in arriving at a uniform date and eliminates the need for independent calculations. And it is universally available. But all this leads to one important question: Is it proper for us as Christians to accept Jewish authority and the Jewish calendar in fixing our Memorial dates?

In seeking guidance in any matter, it is always well to look to the example and teaching of our Lord. In this instance, we believe his words and actions provide a direct answer to our query. Jesus made it quite clear that he was willing to accept the interpretations of those who sat in Moses’ seat when such did not conflict with truth or principle. Of the scribes and Pharisees, he specifically said, “Whatsoever, therefore, they bid you observe, that observe and do” (Matthew 23:2,3). His followers were not, however, to follow their example in hypocrisy and religious show.

The arrangements and adjustments of the Jewish calendar, particularly as they governed the religious festivities of the people, properly fell under the jurisdiction of these leaders. Jesus was quite content to accept their rulings on such matters. Hence it would seem reasonable that acceptance of the dates produced by the Jewish calendar for the Passover-Memorial service in our day would be expressing an attitude similar to that of our Lord: not one of subservience, but of recognition of the convenience and utility of the arrangement, all under the providences of our God.

According to the Jewish calendar, Nisan 14 will be the eve of Tuesday the 7th in April for us and this is agreed on by dawn Bible and I think JW’s too. So we can all agree I guess on somethings.

Nisan 13 is our calendar day on which the Memorial is held, but At 6:00 p.m. on this calendar day Nisan 14 begins, and shortly after our Memorial service should take place.

researched by Lee Anthony


8 Responses to The Memorial of the Death of Christ, April 7, 2020

  1. jacqueline says:

    TedR, I have the same post. You were on with me live yesterday then. I have seen this before and the part about Him taking Barrabas”s place was so on point. Every little tidbit of Jesus’ existence on earth had a fulfillment and enactment of what he has done for us. He was buried in the hill that he was crucified on among the wicked but in a rich man’s grave who had been in hiding. He borrowed the new grave for 3 days only.
    Jews believe after 4 days there is no hope of coming back to life so he waited four for Lazarus to show them he could.

  2. Ted R (Bible Student) says:

    The Easter Story
    In this video Chuck Missler presents a very interesting discourse regarding the trial and death of our Lord Jesus. He brings out a lot of points I never realized. Well worth watching.

  3. jacqueline says:

    Listening to a real-time presentation on the Trial and death of Jesus.
    One thing I am reminded of here is that when he was accused falsely,
    HE NEVER ANSWERED, He never said a mumbling word.
    That is what I needed to be reminded of during this attack time that comes around more nearing the celebration and the resurrection of Christ.
    Never say a word like Christ did when he was at his trial or under trials.

  4. jacqueline says:

    TedR, I read this article and it is simply put so persons new to Christianity or those needing to rewire their brains and rethink long-held beliefs can understand it.

    I think most think and know about the Cross, Calgary, and the crucifixion.
    1Cor. 15:13 puts it all in a clear perspective:” And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.”
    He is a King now, Matt. 28:18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” I used to say he has POWER now, but he has always been powerful but now he has all Authority. He makes the decision and his Father amens it
    It is never too late in life to get to know Jesus and the enormous debt he paid for us and Jehovah who resurrected him and gave us hope of seeing our loved ones again and all of mankind.
    If the resurrection is true, then everything else promised in the Bible is true.
    Thanks for posting.

  5. jacqueline says:

    Warren I emailed Br. Dave for you just in case, so he could put you down for opening prayer.

  6. Bro. Dave says:

    Br. Lee Anthony:
    THANKS for all your research and your conclusion.
    I agree completely.
    Just one additional factor: Jerusalem time is SEVEN HOURS AHEAD of New York.
    I think that tidbit just adds to your conclusion.
    With all that in mind, I propose our Memorial Observation for 2020, be on April 7.
    We’ll chat about this Thursday and let everyone express their belief.

  7. jacqueline says:

    Lee Anthony, So we will wait while you and Dave get the info together and it will get posted.

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