Jesus celebrated the passover meal with the apostles and some of his disciples in the upper room.
Before sundown, Thursday, Nisan 13, God's Son made arrangements for his last passover with the disciples. Nisan 14 began about 6 p.m.
The dates of Passover (or Pesach, as we Jews call it) doesn't need to be calculated like the dates of Easter because it always begins on the same day on the Hebrew calendar - 14 Nisan.
Since they were gathered to celebrate the Jewish Passover, it is easy to determine the date for the annual observance. The Jewish passover was instituted to commemorate the night where the Israelites were spared of the "tenth plague" resulting in their freedom from their Egyptian bondage. The date was Nisan 14, in the year 1513 BC. (The original name for Nisan was Abib) This celebration continued for 15 centuries after the Exodus to Jesus time, and is still celebrated today among those of the Jewish Faith. So today, Jehovah's Witnesses use the Jewish calendar to calculate when the modern day equivalent of Nisan 14 is. According to the February 2011 Watchtower magazine, "Nisan 1 starts when the new moon nearest the spring equinox (the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere) becomes visible at sunset in Jerusalem. If we count 14 days from that event, we arrive at Nisan 14. This date is usually the day of the full moon." Using this Biblical method, the next Memorial (Nissan 14) that Jehovah's Witnesses will commemorate will occur on Friday, April 3, 2015.
You would likely locate it by looking in the phone directory in the yellow pages under church..by the way, i noticed a remark about Jehovah's Witnesses making a mistake about the memorial date as Nisan 14 instead of Nisan 15..the Witnesses use this date because the Jews used their measured their day from sundown to sundown...then, on Nisan 14 the lamb was slaughtered to be consumed that night which most nights are about 12 hours long at that time..plenty of time to slaughter the passover sacrifice and to eat it and that corresponds to Christ being sacrificed during that 24 hour period of time of the passover...so then when people use Nisan 15 it is still actually 14 until sundown when Christ was taken down from the torture stake which had to be done before sundown Nisan 14...then Nisan 15 starts at sundown..
According to Luke and Paul, when instituting the Memorial of his death Jesus said: "Keep doing this in remembrance of me." (Lu 22:19; 1Co 11:24) From this it is reasonable to understand that Jesus meant that his followers should celebrate the Lord's Evening Meal annually, not more often. The Passover, observed in remembrance of Jehovah's deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage in 1513 B.C.E., was commemorated only once a year, on the anniversary date of Nisan 14. The Memorial, also an anniversary, would appropriately be held only on Nisan 14.
There is no month of Nisan in the Gregorian calendar.
It is the 05. April 2012.
1 Nisan: God labels Nisan as the first Jewish month from now on (Exodus ch.12). 10 Nisan: the Israelites each take a yearling lamb in preparation for the Pesach sacrifice (see Exodus ch.12 at length) 14 Nisan, afternoon: leavening is removed from the homes; matzoh is baked instead of bread The Pesach-offering is slaughtered and prepared for eating. Drops of its blood are placed on the doorposts and lintel 15 Nisan evening: The Israelites conduct the first Seder-meal in history 15 Nisan, midnight: God smites the Egyptian firstborn. 15 Nisan, following morning: the Israelites leave Egypt.
A:In the synoptic gospels - yes. When Jesus and the disciples celebrated the Passover feast, this would become the Christian Last Supper. After the supper was finished, they sang a hymn (Mark 14:26), as was the practice at the end of the Passover meal. For theological reasons, John's Gospel places the crucifixion on the day of preparation for the Passover - the day before. Jesus did not celebrate the Passover.
Jesus instituted this observance on the night of the Jewish Passover in 33 C.E. The Passover was a celebration that was held just once a year on the 14th day of the Jewish month Nisan, after sundown. This year, Nisan 14 falls on our calender March 26, 2013 where the anniversary of Christ death will be commemorated. This celebration will be held in all Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses around the world after sundown and open to the public.
Absolutely! Jehovah's Witnesses believe in the entire inspired scriptures. And, because Jesus was a Jew, he celebrated it himself (so it was being celebrated for 15 centuries by the time of Jesus Christ). The Passover liberated the Israelites from bondage to the Egyptians. And so, today, Jehovah's Witnesses observe annually the memorial of Jesus death on the date corresponding to Nisan 14 (the date Jesus observed the Passover and ended in the death of Jesus Christ).