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John 20:16-19 absolutely proves which Sabbath during the Days of Unleavened Bread God intends us to use to determine wavesheaf Sunday. These verses show that Jesus ascended to the Father to be accepted on the day following the weekly Sabbath. In the year Jesus was crucified, Passover was on a Wednesday. He was still in the grave when the first day of Unleavened Bread, a Thursday Sabbath, passed by. He rose from the dead late on the weekly Sabbath and was "waved" before God for acceptance on the Sunday morning following the weekly Sabbath. The Pharisees and rabbinic Jewry were wrong in using the day after the first day of Unleavened Bread Sabbath. The Sadducees were correct in using the weekly Sabbath. Taken together, these factors point conclusively to the wavesheaf day as being on a Sunday, the day following the weekly Sabbath within the Days of Unleavened Bread.
Just as Moses was on holy ground when he saw God in the burning bush, and so he had to take off his shoes, we show that a given piece of time is holy, by avoiding all unnecessary worldly work on that time. We turn away from doing our own pleasure on that day (Ex. 3:2-5; Isa. 58:13-14).
The New Testament scripture, not just the Jews, calls the First Day of Unleavened Bread "for that sabbath day was an high day," (John 19:31), which was on a Thursday in A.D. 30. Why should we believe that Thursday Sabbath and High Day is not holy also? Such days are holy independently of whether any human being recognizes them as such.