The American Wisdom Series


Pamphlet 1186

Crucifixion on Wednesday - Resurrection on Saturday

Jonah 1:17  Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Matthew 12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth

John 19:31  The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Luke 23:55 And the women also, who came with him from Galalee, followed, and beheld the sepulcher, and how his body was laid. [56] And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments, and rested the sabbath day, according to the commandment.

John 20:1  The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

Jesus was crucified and became the Passover Lamb on a Wednesday
and was placed in the tomb just before sunset,
which would have begun the new day, Thursday,
which was a High Sabbath, (see John 19:31)
the First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the 15th of Nisan.

That being the case, He [His body] was in the grave three days and three nights as it is written.

     1st Night & Day = Wednesday sunset to Thursday sunset.
        2nd Night & Day = Thursday sunset to Friday sunset.
        3rd Night & Day = Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.

It makes sense to me
that if Jesus really arose on Saturday, after sunset
Mary wouldn't have discovered it until Sunday morning because she rested on the seventh day sabbath.
(That is most likely why the Lord made a point of telling us Mary didn't go to the tomb on Saturday) See Luke 23:56

To learn more about when our Lord was crucified see pamphlet #7014

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