Bible Jesus Died on Wednesday NOT Friday ?

Problem with that,  is the talk on the way to Emmaus. They said Jesus talked to them on the third "day". 3 days have passed.

The Jewish day started on about 6pm. Their Sabbath starts at 6pm to 6pm the Saturday, the next day.

Jesus was arrested at night time. The night of Passover.

Luke 22:7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 
8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.
Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

Luke 22:39
 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.

Jesus Arrested

Luke 22:47 While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 
48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

Jesus Before Pilate and Herod

Luke 22:66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them.

The Death of Jesus

Luke 23:44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 
45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
46 Jesus called out with a loud voice,“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Luke 23:52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 
53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 
54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

Luke 23:56Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Jesus Has Risen

Luke 24:1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.

Luke 24:6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ 

On the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:21 (CEB) We had hoped he was the one who would redeem Israel. All these things happened three days ago.

Luke 24:13-35New International Version (NIV)

On the Road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem.

14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.

15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;

16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast.

18 One of them, named Cleopas,asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.

20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;

21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.

 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body.
They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.

24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!

26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”

27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther.

29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.

31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.

32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together

34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Jesus Wasn't Crucified on Friday or Resurrected on Sunday

How long was Jesus in the tomb?

About one billion Protestants and another billion Catholics believe that Jesus Christ was crucified and entombed on a Friday afternoon—”Good Friday”—and raised to life again at daybreak on Easter Sunday morning, a day and a half later.

Yet when we compare this to what Jesus Himself said about how long He would be entombed, we find a major contradiction. How long did Jesus say He would be in the grave? “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40).

The key to understanding the timing of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection lies in understanding God’s timetable for counting when days begin and end, as well as the timing of His biblical festivals during the spring of the year when these events took place.

The context in which Jesus Christ said these words is important. The scribes and Pharisees were demanding a miraculous sign from Him to prove that He was indeed the long-awaited Messiah. “But He answered and said to them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah’ ” (verse 39).

This was the only sign Jesus gave that He was the promised Messiah: “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (emphasis added throughout).

Traditional timing doesn’t add up

The Gospels are clear that Jesus died and His body was hurriedly placed in the tomb late in the afternoon, just before sundown when a Sabbath began (John 19:30-42).

By the traditional “ Good Friday–Easter Sunday ” timing, from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown is one night and one day. Saturday night to Sunday daybreak is another night, giving us two nights and one day.

So where do we get another night and two days to equal the three days and three nights Jesus said He would be in the tomb?

This is definitely a problem. Most theologians and religious scholars try to work around it by arguing that any part of a day or night counts as a day or night. Thus, they say, the final few minutes of that Friday afternoon were the first day, all day Saturday was the second day, and the first few minutes of Sunday morning were the third day.

Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?

The trouble is, it doesn’t work. This only adds up to three days and two nights, not three days and three nights.

Also, John 20:1 tells us that “on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”

Did you catch the problem here? John tells us it was still dark when Mary went to the tomb on Sunday morning and found it empty. Jesus was already resurrected well before daybreak. Thus He wasn’t in the tomb any of the daylight portion of Sunday, so none of that can be counted as a day.

That leaves us with, at most, part of a day on Friday, all of Friday night, a whole daylight portion on Saturday, and most of Saturday night. That totals one full day and part of another, and one full night and most of another—still at least a full day and a full night short of the time Jesus said He would be in the tomb.

Clearly something doesn’t add up. Either Jesus misspoke about the length of time He would be in the tomb, or the “Good Friday–Easter Sunday” timing is not biblical or accurate.

Obviously both cannot be true. So which one is right?

Understanding God’s time is the key

The key to understanding the timing of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection lies in understanding God’s timetable for counting when days begin and end, as well as the timing of His biblical festivals during the spring of the year when these events took place.

Most people have no idea that the Bible talks about two kinds of Sabbath days—the normal weekly Sabbath day that falls on the seventh day of the week and seven annual Sabbath days.

We first need to realize that God doesn’t begin and end days at midnight as we do—that is a humanly devised method of counting time. Genesis 1:5 tells us quite plainly that God counts a day as beginning with the evening (the night portion) and ending at the next evening—”So the evening [nighttime] and the morning [daylight] were the first day.” God repeats this formula for the entire six days of creation.

In Leviticus 23, where God lists all of His holy Sabbaths and festivals, He makes it clear that they are to be observed “from evening to evening” (Leviticus 23:32)—in other words, from sunset to sunset, when the sun went down and evening began.

This is why Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, followers of Jesus, hurriedly placed His body in Joseph’s nearby tomb just before sundown (John 19:39-42). A Sabbath was beginning at sundown (John 19:31), when work would have to cease.

Two kinds of “Sabbaths” lead to confusion

As John tells us in John 19:31: “Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies [of those crucified] should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken [to hasten death], and that they might be taken away.”

In the Jewish culture of that time, the chores of cooking and housecleaning were done on the day before a Sabbath to avoid working on God’s designated day of rest. Thus the day before the Sabbath was commonly called “the preparation day.” Clearly the day on which Christ was crucified and His body placed in the tomb was the day immediately preceding a Sabbath.

The question is, which Sabbath?

Most people assume John is speaking of the regular weekly Sabbath day, observed from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. From John’s clear statement here, most people assume Jesus died and was buried on a Friday—thus the traditional belief that Jesus was crucified and died on “Good Friday.”

Most people have no idea that the Bible talks about two kindsof Sabbath days—the normal weekly Sabbath day that falls on the seventh day of the week (not to be confused with Sunday, which is the first day of the week), and seven annualSabbath days, listed in Leviticus 23 and mentioned in various passages throughout the Bible, that could fall on anyday of the week.

Because traditional Christianity long ago abandoned these biblical annual Sabbath days (as well as the weekly Sabbath), for many centuries people have failed to recognize what the Gospels plainly tell us about when Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected—and why “Good Friday–Easter Sunday” never happened that way.

Most people fail to note that John explicitly tells us that the Sabbath that began at sundown immediately after Jesus was entombed was one of these annual Sabbath days. Notice in John 19:31 his explanation that “that Sabbath was a high day” —” high day” being a term used to differentiate the seven annual Sabbaths from the regular weekly Sabbath days.

So what was this “high day” that immediately followed Jesus Christ’s hurried entombment?

The Gospels tell us that on the evening before Jesus was condemned and crucified, He kept the Passover with His disciples (Matthew 26:19-20; Mark 14:16-17; Luke 22:13-15). This means He was crucified on the Passover day.

Leviticus 23, which lists God’s festivals, tells us that on the day after the Passover a separate festival, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, begins (Leviticus 23:5-6). The first day of this Feast is “a holy convocation” on which “no customary work” is to be done (Leviticus 23:7).

This day is the first of God’s annual Sabbaths. This is the “high day” of which John wrote. Several Bible commentaries, encyclopedias and dictionaries note that John is referring to an annual Sabbath here rather than the regular weekly Sabbath day.

Passover began at sundown and ended the following day at sundown, when this annual Sabbath began. Jesus kept the Passover with His disciples, then was arrested later that night. After daybreak the next day He was questioned before Pontius Pilate, crucified, then hurriedly entombed just before the next sunset when the “high day,” the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, began.

Leviticus 23 tells us the order and timing of these days, and the Gospels confirm the order of events as they unfolded.

Jesus crucified on Wednesday, not Friday

Several computer software programs exist that enable us to calculate when the Passover and God’s other festivals fall in any given year. Those programs show that in A.D. 31, the year of these events, the Passover meal was eaten on Tuesday night and Wednesday sundown marked the beginning of the “high day,” the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Jesus, then, was crucified and entombed on a Wednesday  afternoon, not on Friday.

Try as you might, it is impossible to fit three days and three nights between a late Friday burial and a Sunday morning resurrection. The Good Friday–Easter Sunday tradition simply isn’t true or biblical.

Can we find further proof of this in the Gospels? Yes, indeed we can!

Let’s turn to a seldom-noticed detail in Mark 16:1: “Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.”

In that time, if the body of a loved one was placed in a tomb rather than being buried directly in the ground, friends and family would commonly place aromatic spices in the tomb alongside the body to reduce the smell as the remains decayed.

Since Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb just before that high-day Sabbath began, the women had no time to buy those spices before the Sabbath. Also, they could not have purchased them on the Sabbath day, as shops were closed. Thus, Mark says, they bought the spices after the Sabbath— “when the Sabbath was past.”

But notice another revealing detail in Luke 23:55-56: “And the women who had come with [Christ] from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.”

Do you see a problem here? Mark clearly states that the women bought the spices after the Sabbath—”when the Sabbath was past.” Luke tells us that the women prepared the spices and fragrant oils, after which “they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.”

So they bought the spices after the Sabbath, and then they prepared the spices before resting on the Sabbath. This is a clear contradiction between these two Gospel accounts—unless two Sabbaths were involved!

Indeed when we understand that two different Sabbaths are mentioned, the problem goes away.

Mark tells us that after the “high day” Sabbath, which began Wednesday evening at sundown and ended Thursday evening at sundown, the women bought the spices to anoint Jesus’ body. Luke then tells us that the women prepared the spices—activity which would have taken place on Friday—and that afterward “they rested on the Sabbath [the normal weekly Sabbath day, observed Friday sunset to Saturday sunset] according to the commandment.”

By comparing details in both accounts, we can clearly see that two different Sabbaths are mentioned along with a workday in between. The first Sabbath was a “high day”—the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which fell on a Thursday. The second was the weekly seventh-day Sabbath.

The original Greek in which the Gospels were written also plainly tells us that two Sabbath days were involved in these accounts. In Matthew 28:1, where Matthew writes that the women went to the tomb “after the Sabbath,” the word Sabbath here is actually plural and should be translated “Sabbaths.” Bible versions such as Alfred Marshall’s Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, Green’s Literal Translation Young’s Literal Translation and Ferrar Fenton’s Translation make this clear.

When was Jesus resurrected?

We have seen, then, that Jesus Christ was crucified and entombed on a Wednesday, just before an annual Sabbath began—not the weekly Sabbath. So when was He resurrected?

John 20:1, as noted earlier, tells us that “on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.” The sun had not yet risen— “it was still dark,” John tells us—when Mary found the tomb empty.

Obviously, then, Jesus was not resurrected at sunrise on Sunday morning. So when did this take place? The answer is plain if we simply read the Gospels—and Jesus Christ’s own words—and accept them for what they say.

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth,” said Jesus (Matthew 12:40).

As we have proven, Jesus was entombed —placed “in the heart of the earth”—just before sundown on a Wednesday. All we have to do is count forward. One day and one night brings us to Thursday at sundown. Another day and night brings us to Friday at sundown. A third day and night brings us to Saturday at sundown.

According to Jesus Christ’s own words He would have been resurrected three days and nights after He was entombed, at around the same time—near sunset. Does this fit with the Scriptures? Yes—as we have seen, He was already risen and the tomb empty when Mary arrived “while it was still dark” on Sunday morning.

While no one was around to witness His resurrection (which took place inside a sealed tomb watched over by armed guards), Jesus Christ’s own words and the details recorded in the Gospels show that it had to have happened three days and three nights after His burial, near sunset at the end of the weekly Sabbath.

Try as you might, it is impossible to fit three days and three nights between a late Friday burial and a Sunday morning resurrection. The Good Friday–Easter Sunday tradition simply isn’t true or biblical. But when we look at all the details recorded in the Gospels and compare them with Jesus’ own words, we can see the truth—and it matches perfectly.

The words of the angel of God, who so startled the women at the empty tomb, are proven true: “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said” (Matthew 28:5-6, New International Version).

Let’s not cling to religious traditions and ideas that aren’t supported by Scripture. Be sure that your own beliefs and practices are firmly rooted in the Bible. Are you willing to make a commitment to worship God according to biblical truth rather than human tradition? 

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  • jtomally9681

    This is so much more accurate than anything else presented. YHWH bless us who humble ourselves to the Ruach for true guidance of Elohim and not of man.

  • Yaishua01

    There are several problems with what has been posted, which are briefly:
    1): The ancient Greek texts referring to the day of the resurrection do not contain the words 'the first day of the week', they are 'mia sabbaton'. Mia means 'one' and sabbaton means 'sabbath(s)' = 'one of the sabbaths'.
    2: The Messiah said and meant He would be in the heart of the earth for three days and nights and textualised this with 'and being killed, after 3 days he will be rising', in other words, 72 hours after He was placed in the heart of the earth He would be resurrected.
    3): Luke literally reveals that the Messiah was buried when a 'Sabbath was lighted up', close to sunset on the 14th of Nisan.
    4: When He was resurrected 72 hours later it must have been close to sunset on the 17th of Nisan.
    5: Matthew literally records this time as 'at the lighting up into one of the sabbaths', much the same way as Luke described the time of his burial and well understood by His followers.
    Therefore according to the Scriptures the resurrection actually took place close to sunset on a Friday afternoon, not on a Sabbath or a Sunday.
    There are other reasons also.

  • ntinkle

    As the article states: "Leviticus 23, which lists God’s festivals, tells us that on the day after the Passover a separate festival, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, begins ..."

    I'm confused by Mark 14:12 and following, which states:
    On the first date at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus' disciples asked him, "Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"

    I can't reconcile this with the order of the Feast of Unleavened Bread that is clearly to follow the Passover.

    I know I'm missing something.

  • Skip Miller

    Hello Nathan,
    A short answer to this would be, "Then as now, the days of unleavened bread included the Passover, so when Jesus tells them to go to prepare the Passover, that preparation could have involved several things to do over multiple days."
    Passover first, Days Of Unleavened Bread after, very correct.

  • Newbee

    Please, where would I put the words of "Mark 16:9" on your timeline?

  • Scott Ashley

    Greetings Richard,

    On the timeline, Mark 16:9 would fall on what we today call Sunday. As you noted in your previous message, some words were added by the translators to make this verse read better in English. It's helpful to also remember that there is no punctuation—no commas or periods—in the original. Translators added punctuation marks to try to make it read better in English, but in this case they actually confused the meaning.

    The original wording, according to The NKJV Greek English Interlinear New Testament (the closest we have to the original Greek), reads like this: "having arisen Now early on first of week He appeared first to Mary Magdalene from whom He had cast out seven demons."

    The wording isn't saying that Jesus arose on the first day of the week, but that having already been resurrected, on the first day of the week He appeared to Mary Magdalene. Mark has already covered the timing of the resurrection in the preceding verses. "When the Sabbath was past" (verse 1), the two Marys and Salome came to the tomb where an angel told them that Jesus had already been resurrected and was gone from the tomb (verse 6).

    I hope this helps explain the timing.

  • Newbee

    Sir...YES, your explanation certainly makes it clear to me, now! I had started a very similar timeline on Christ's death/resurrection years ago and had gotten "stuck" in the verse in Mark. Finally, realizing there was no punctuation in the original Greek, the verse makes sense and the timeline we both made "works". Thank you!

  • Newbee

    I enjoyed the seemed to make sense until I read Mark 16:9 (KJV) "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils."
    Am I seeing the letters in this sentence correctly? It looks as though both words, "Jesus" and "day", are in italics-which I believe means the words were added by those interpreting the scriptures for clarification.
    Another question: When Mary Magdalene finally recognized Jesus in John 20:17 (KJV) "Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go...."
    Is there a difference between the time Christ rose from the grave and the first time he ascended to his Father?
    Would this have been Sunday morning over 24 hours after he rose from the tomb Saturday night (since Saturday morning followed then Sunday night came then Sunday morning)?
    Another interesting verse is Matt. 28:9 (KJV) "And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying All hail. And they came and held him by the feet..." Now, the women were allowed to touch Jesus. Had he ascended and returned since speaking with Mary Magdalene?
    Sorry if confusing!

  • Lena VanAusdle

    Hi Richard, to add to Skip's comments. Yes! Jesus had ascended and returned later to earth as the wave sheaf offering pictures. An excellent article that explains the wave sheaf offering and the Feast of Pentecost can be found here:

  • Skip Miller

    Hello Richard,

    Yes, words in italics mean that they were added. What is your point about that?

    I don't quite understand your second question.
    Jesus rose from the grave about sunset Saturday and did not see Mary until near sunrise
    Sunday. And He told her not to touch Him because He had not yet ascended to His Father.
    Sunday morning is only about 12 hours from Saturday sunset. This means what ?

    Your final thought is right on. He allowed the women to touch Him later because by then He had ascended to & presented Himself to His Father.

    Skip Miller

  • tonydowney
    Tone. You may all bang on about the question posed, may I suggest the following words: You see, faith is the substance of things hoped for; it’s the evidence of things unseen.Hebrews 11:1. and as added by Angus Buchan , You don’t always have to understand everything in order to believe. All you have to do is know the Author of the book. He will enable you to trust him
  • cjgennaro
    A new day begins at sunset. “The evening and the morning were the first day were the first day…” Night first then day. So “early in the morning, as the first day was beginning to dawn” means the first day of the week was about tot start. When does the first day start?? As soon as the evening begins after Saturday daylight portion is over. Evening first then morning. So what we would call “Sunday” begins Saturday evening when the sun sets. So, again, “early in the morning as the first day was beginning to dawn” means after the daylight portion of Saturday was ending. Saturday night was beginning which is actually the first day of the week. What we call Saturday night = Sunday(1st day of the week). So stone earthquake happened Saturday as the sun set( really this begins Suday)
  • United Church of God
    Dave1 - The year Jesus was crucified, Passover fell on Wednesday. According to Genesis, the days begin at sunset, so Passover would have begun just after sunset Tuesday evening. So, it was Tuesday evening after sunset when Jesus ate the Passover with His disciples (Luke 22:15). He was crucified Wednesday morning at the third hour (about 9am), “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him” (Mark 15:25). He remained there until His death, at the ninth hour, or 3pm. (Mark 15:34-37). Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus’ body before sunset Wednesday afternoon. No such work was permitted after sunset, for it was the beginning of an annual Sabbath or Holy Day, the first Day of Unleavened Bread (Mark 15:42-46). Jesus’ body was in the grave for three days and three nights and that was the only sign He gave proving that He was the Messiah (Matthew 12:39-40). Jesus never sinned and never lied. He was in the grave exactly three days and three nights; Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights plus Thursday, Friday, and Saturday days. He was resurrected just before sunset late Saturday afternoon. That was exactly three days and three nights after Joseph of Arimathea buried him in the tomb
  • desire2seekHim
    Does it really matter for the accuracy? I mean really? I believe He knows our heart, better than anyone else..No computer or man can specifically & accurately pinpoint exact date & time,it’s disputes & things like this that discourage new believers & the legalism in these disputes,push them away..I do not live as those did in the Old Testament did, live by everything it says,when Christ is supposed to be & is for me the New Covenant,He covered it all, He fulfilled it all..I love the Old Testament,However Christ is my King,i also believe God knew the advancement of the world & technology,& He also knew we could not live by the Old Testament Laws & standards,practices,etc..Each day we all break commandments,that’s why Jesus came & intervened for us..I love Jesus with all my heart & I respect everyone here, but this is the weekend to celebrate the greatest thing that ever happened, aside of Jesus’ birth no matter what day or days it falls on..
  • mdsmedia

    I don't disagree with you on most of what you say, except that if we can't believe what is written in the Scriptures, what can we believe? I don't believe it matters whether it's a Wednesday or a Friday, but this explains why it couldn't be Friday and Sunday. IF we take Friday and Sunday as "gospel" then it doesn't make sense. There is no way to fit 3 days and 3 nights into Friday-Sunday. If we accept Good Friday and Easter Sunday as symbolizing the days, then that's fine, just as Christmas is symbolized on December 25, when we really have no idea on which day our Lord was born.

  • rwp_47
    Lily … Suppose Jimmy was born in August 2010. Today is April 3, 2015. If you asked him how old he was … wouldn’t he say he was 4 years old (because he wouldn’t be 5 until August 2015)? But isn’t 2015 minus 2010 equal to 5? So how can he be 4 years old? How can it be 4 years since he was born? In the same way Cleopas (Luke 1:21) told Jesus it was three days since these things were done. Jesus is buried Wednesday just as the sun is setting. So he is resurrected Saturday just as the sun is setting (3 days later). Cleopas and his companion were walking to Emmaus on Sunday (during the day). If it had been Sunday night then it would have been 4 days since these things were done. But it wasn’t Sunday night. So 4 days were not completed yet. So if one is going to use a whole number to say how long it had been, then it would be 3 days … just like Jimmy is 4 years old (even though he’s in his 5th year). It had been 3 days since these things were done even though they were actually in the 4th day (but as yet the 4th day isn’t completed … so it had been 3 days since these things were done). No contradiction what-so-ever to a Wednesday sunset burial.
  • dave1
    The big problem with the timeline here is that Jesus was raised on the third day. He said it and the disciples testified to it. (Matthew 16:21, Matthew 17:23, Matthew 20:19, Luke 9:22, Luke 18:33 etc.) According to the timeline proposed here, for Jesus to have not lied he would have had to raise from the dead before or at sunset (7pm) on Saturday because after sunset it becomes the fourth day. Your diagram illustrates this. However, the problem becomes immediately apparent. Saturday must therefore have been the third day but we know that it was not. See this evidence: 1. When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. Mark 16:9 Sunday (first da) was not the third day it was the fourth according to your timetable but Jesus rose on 3rd. 2. Luke 24:21-13 “And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body.” On the road to Emmaus happened during the daylight on Sunday (the first day). They testify it is still the third day but according to your timetable it cannot be.
  • Lena VanAusdle

    Just because the meeting on the road to Emmaus happened during the daylight hours does not mean that Jesus wasn't resurrected on Saturday night. The fact that Jesus was already resurrected when the women arrived at His tomb provides further evidence that He was resurrected on Saturday night. Sunday (being the first day), the women arrived before the sun was up, and He was already risen.

  • robnelson2nz
    Thank you for this clarification on this topic. I had worked out for myself exactly the same conclusions as you have written as to days and nights but could not resolve the question of the Sabbaths. My mistake was assuming that Passover was a High Sabbath and not the day after. Bless you for clearing this up. Rob
  • joshuagoard
    You have to have a good understanding of the Feasts to sort through this. Remember that First Fruits was always the following Sunday after Unleavened Bread starts. Doesn’t matter if Passover is on Tuesday and UB is on Wednesday or if Passover is on Friday and UB is on Saturday, First Fruits was always on the First Day (Sunday) When the Pharisees asked for a sign that Jesus was the Messiah, He told them He would only give 1 sign- The sign of the prophet Johah- As he spend 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the fish so the Son of Man would spend 3 Days AND 3 Nights in the heart of the earth. The Greek Word for Day and Night specifically represents 12 hour periods so this has to be a literal 72 hours. And to fulfill First Fruits He has to resurrect on Sunday (Saturday at Sunset) So He eats the Passover Meal with His Disciples on Tuesday evening (which is technically Wednesday) He’s on trial all night and beaten and Cruxicfied during the early hours of the day on Wednesday (which from Tuesday at Sundown until Wednesday at Sundown is the actual Passover Feast Day) In the tomb Wedneday just before Sundown, Wednesday at Sundown until Saturday at Sundown is 3 Days and 3 Nights.
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