a sabbath day, regardless of the day of the week on which it
occurs. Such days are known as high sabbaths—the first of
seven high sabbaths in the Jewish year.23
On this day, the 15th day of Nisan, the Jews prepare un-
leavened bread, which symbolizes holiness. The preparations
include wrapping and “securing” a piece of bread.
This piece of unleavened bread that is “wrapped” during
the Passover meal—afikomen, a Greek term—literally means
“the one who came.”
In ancient days, it had been on the 15th of Nisan that the
Jews began their exodus from Egypt. Also Joseph, son of Jacob,
had made a request that his bones be picked up, or “secured”
at his grave when the Israelites returned to the promised land.
It was on the 15th of Nisan, at the beginning of their exodus,
that Joseph’s request was granted. In a climactic moment of
prophetic fulfillment and historical significance, this is the
same day Christ’s body was prepared and secured in the tomb
of Joseph of Arimathea.
Due to the lack of this knowledge, and the fact that Christ was crucified
before a Sabbath, most Christians celebrate an erroneous Good Friday.
Non-Jewish tradition has created a physical impossibility, with three days
and three nights of Christ’s state of death (Matt. 12:40) occurring between
Friday night and Sunday morning.