The Feast Of Unleavened Bread.
The Passover feast includes Chag HaMatzah, the feast of unleavened bread, a symbol of being without sin. “and He was found to be without sin.” Luke 23:14. This always started the day after the sacrifice. On this Chag HaMatzah, Yeshua was in the grave.
There is a thought that He could have been in Hades talking to those who had died, and were possibly waiting on the Messiah to come. Ephesians 4:8-10 and 1 Peter 3:18-19. If this was the case He would be showing them that He was the true Lord of the Sabbath.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread has been passed over with little interest other than to say that leaven is a sign of sin and to be without leaven a sign of being without sin. We know from scripture that the Israelites were told to eat only unleavened bread when leaving Egypt. Exodus 12:15. Yeshua said to be aware of the leaven of the Pharisees, Matthew 16:6 and Paul reminds us that leaven is a symbol of sin, 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. There is a strong warning here for all who want to follow in the path of Yeshua.
To take part in this feast of unleavened bread is a time of reflection, not just on the fact that we are sinners who by the Grace of God, have been redeemed and released from the bondage of sin. It is a time of reflection on what sin is, where it came from, and what sort of affect it can have on our walk with God. It is a time to come to terms with how sin can destroy us and distract us from the path that God has set before us.
It is not the sin in the world that destroys us but that sin from the world we allow to come into us, into our minds our hearts our spirits. This feast is a reminder of just that, it is what is within and not external that destroys. Unleavened bread can be kept for many years and can still be edible, but if we try to keep leavened bread for more than a few days it soon becomes bad. It is the leaven from within that destroys and that is the same with us, it is the sin that we have allowed to enter into us that destroys. If we remove the sin, the leaven, from our lives then we are walking the path God commanded, “Be holy as I am Holy”, Leviticus 11:44 and 1 Peter 1:16.
By this we continue the process of preparation for the time we will stand at the Judgment seat of God. 2 Corinthians 5:10. Yeshua started us on this path when He died on the Cross. He is the standard we have to follow. Remember, there is no further sacrifice because all has been completed in Him. Hebrews 10:26.