For many years I wondered why Easter was celebrated on Sunday and why Good Friday was seen as the day of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
As a young man, in my teens, I inquired of my instructors asking, ‘If Jesus was crucified on a Friday and died at 3 PM on that Friday, how does that make up 3 days and 3 nights as you teach me in class?’
My inquiries varied but there was no answer forthcoming that allowed me to feel comfortable.
Let’s look at what God said:
Matthew 12: 40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jesus had been asked to prove that He was the Son of God and gave this in reply. His Word must be taken as truth as we look into this very important matter. After all, as Christians, we must know and realize the absolute truth as we know that Jesus was and is the only ‘begotten’ Son of God. If He did not fulfill God’s Word and spend 3 days and 3 nights then we are guilty of a false worship and utter dolts for our beliefs.
If Jesus was indeed crucified on a Friday and died at 3 PM and later laid in a tomb if we count the days we arrive at: Friday night (1 night), Saturday (1 day) and Saturday night, 2nd night).
Scripture explicitly says 3 days and 3 nights. No equivocation and a clear statement.
Most Christians are being taught improperly! By the teachings we can openly see that 2 nights and 1 day do not fulfill God’s Word!
Jesus said that He would be in the earth for 3 days and 3 nights as proof that He was the son of God. If what God said was not fulfilled then Jesus was not the Son of God!
Let’s look at why religious leaders taught that the crucifixion occurred on a Friday.
We all know that Saturday is considered the Sabbath. But we must realize that there is the Sabbath of every week and an annual Sabbath! In the Jewish teachings the day before a holy day is called a ‘Day of Preparation.’ At the time wherein Jesus lived just as in current times the ‘day of Unleavened Bread is an annual Sabbath. With that known we see that Jesus was crucified on a, ‘Day of Preparation,’ as set forth in God’s Word.
Luke 23: 52Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53Then 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. 54It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
The ‘Annual Sabbath differs from the weekly Sabbath and this, although hard to grasp, is factual.
Also the time we have been taught of Jesus’ death is in error. In the days of Jesus time was measured in military settings and not as we do today. The 3rdhour was 9 AM , the 6th hour, noon and the 9th hour was, by our time, 3 PM .
So, we have learned of the annual Sabbath, the Day of Preparation and the correct time settings.
Mark 14: 1Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some sly way to arrest Jesus and kill him. 2“But not during the Feast,” they said, “or the people may riot.”
Mark 15: 25It was the third hour when they crucified him.
Mark 15: 33At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
As we see, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, was crucified at 9 AM and died at 3 PM. Contrary to what we have been taught Jesus did not hang on the cross for 3 hours, He hung their for 6 hours. Imagine the agony He went through; for you…for you…for me!
Now let us regress and establish just what day Jesus was crucified. Remember 3 days and 2 nights?
We know by Scripture Mary Magdalene went to the tomb on a Sunday, the first day of the week.
Mark 16: 2Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
If we look at the entire timeline we learn: On Wednesday morning Jesus was brought before Pilate and sentenced to death. He was crucified at 9 AM and died at 3 PM. Wednesday evening Jesus was buried. Thursday was the ‘annual Sabbath, the first of Unleavened Bread. Friday was the weekly preparation day preceding the weekly Sabbath and Saturday was the Sabbath.
Now count the days and nights.
Wednesday night, (1st night), Thursday night, (2nd night) and Friday night, (3rdnight), constitutes 3 nights. Thursday, (1 day), Friday, (2nd day), and Saturday, (3rd day).
Consulting all time studies we learn that Jesus was crucified April 25, The First Day of Unleavened Bread fell on April 26. Friday was the 27th and Saturday, the 28th was the weekly Sabbath.
Although man has changed actual dates, man has not changed the days of the week. Wednesdays remained Wednesdays and the Jewish calendar stands in support of the days of events.
With this being so, Scripture was fulfilled, proving Jesus Christ to be the Messiah, our Lord and Savior.
When Mary Magdalene went to the tomb wherein Jesus had lain she saw an angel.
Luke 24: 6He 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 into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ “
‘On the third day,’ Saturday, the evening before, Christ arose from the dead!
With this said there is nothing in the Bible, God’s Word, to support a Friday crucifixion or a Sunday resurrection! NOTHING!
Matthew 24: 4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you “
Revelation 12: 9The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
Satan has been deceiving man for 6,000+ years and will not stop until Jesus Christ stops him. Unwitting Pastors continue to give us teachings that are not in God’s Word and they, themselves, must learn the Word of God as it is written.
You may ask why this is so important. What difference does it make?
If you try to teach anyone of Christianity and teach that person that God’s Word is true in every sense then tell that person that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior was crucified on Friday and resurrected on Sunday, you are teaching false Scripture! No matter how you add it up, a Friday crucifixion with a Sunday resurrection allow 2 nights and 1 day! Jesus Himself said, on many occasions, 3 days and 3 nights. Even the people who watched Jesus die in the cross knew that!
Mark 15: 29Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30come down from the cross and save yourself!”
When you teach God’s Word you must speak in truth. You must not rely on teachings that are not of God’s Word! Remember, as a Christian you are a follower of Christ. As such you must speak undeniable words as God taught you!
Almighty God, Father of us all, we come to You with praise on our lips and with love in our hearts. We bow in worship to You and ask that You accept our worship and render Your blessings upon us.
Lord, You gave us Your Beloved Son and had Him die for our sins. Disbelief in Jesus as the Messiah allowed men, who were cold hearted, to turn their backs on Him and deliver death through crucifixion to Him. For this we cry in our hearts. At the same time we cry we are able to rejoice at the resurrection of Your Son as You had prophesied many times.
Father, allow us to understand the Words You have delivered to us and to embrace the meaning thereof. It is with humble hearts that we seek You and the happiness of eternal lives with You in Paradise . Thank You Lord and enlighten our minds.
Father, as ever we ask for the protection of Your sons and daughters who stand to protect us from earthly harm. Whether they are in military service or in governmental service we ask that You watch over them and be with them at time of peril.
Lord, there is also the matter of our own government failing to correctly do our bidding and acting with only their own wishes for their purposes. At this time we ask that You intervene in our behalf and do as You wish for us and instill in our hearts the peace that only You can give.
We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Lord and Savior, who is one with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever,
Amen, amen and amen.
Pastor Lee S Gliddon Jr
God’s Word Christian Ministry
Conservative Patriot http://conpats.blogspot.com