Was Jesus crucified on a Friday?

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I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Was Jesus crucified on a Friday?

Christians from all over the world unanimously accept that Jesus, the Son of Man, was crucified, died, and was buried on a Friday and call that day of the year as Good Friday. However, Jesus Christ said that he will be on the heart of earth for three days and three nights. "Matthew 12:40 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." It does not match if Jesus was buried at the sunset of Friday and resurrected at the dawn of Sunday that makes only two nights and one day, which is just half the time. If we want to know the truth, let us look into the Bible.

1. Three Days and Three Nights

The Bible uses four phrases to explain the time of his burial to resurrection. Since the word of God has no contradictions in its doctrines, the four phrases must denote only one thing. What is it? Let us see. The four phrases are: three days and three nights, the third day, in three days, and after three days. Even though they appear to be different, they all say the same thing. In common use; one day is a package of a day and a night. Let us see the four phrases. First one is: three days and three nights- it is as is. The second phrase is: the third day- The very end of the third day will give three days and three nights. So, it is the same as the first. The third phrase is: in three days- Here also if we give the full third day, it will give three days and three nights. The fourth phrase is: after three days- Here, if we are cautious not to go into the fourth day but give the full third day, it means the phrase three days and three nights. The word of God requires from us the understanding of the wholesome word to study or teach the word of God. If we look into the wholesome word in this context, the phrase means three days and three nights.

The scripture Reference follows:

In three days: "John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body."

The third day: "Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day."

"Matthew 17:22 Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: 23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. Matthew 20:19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. Mark 9:31 and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. Luke 24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 1 Corinthians 15:4. he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

After three days: "Matthew 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Mark 8:31 the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again."

3 days and 3 nights: "Matthew 12:40 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."

2. Crucified on Passover day

"1 Corinthians 5:7 Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:" Jesus Christ was our Passover and he was crucified on a Passover day. "Leviticus 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. 7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein." That is, the next day to Passover day is the first day of the feast of the unleavened bread, which is a Sabbath day. In other words, the Passover day is a day of preparation (in which the lamb is killed, here Jesus was crucified) for the Sabbath day, which is not the seventh day of the week, but it is the first day of the feast of the unleavened bread. "John 19:31 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, ..." But being ignorant, church leaders thought that this Sabbath was a seventh day Sabbath, which made them think that Jesus was crucified on a Friday, in spite of the fact this Sabbath day is differentiated as a high day, but not as the seventh day Sabbath.

3. Crucified, Dead, Buried

Jesus Christ, being the Passover Lamb, was crucified on the Passover day at 9:00 am. The land was covered with darkness from 12:00 am to 3:00 pm. Jesus Christ died at 3:00 pm. "Mark 15:25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. 33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost."

A Jewish day starts at the sunset and ends at the sunset. The Passover day ends at sunset and the Sabbath for the feast of the unleavened bread starts at the sunset. So, they were in a hurry to bury the body before the Sabbath that is the sunset. "Luke 23:54.. that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. Matt 27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, 58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. John 19:41. in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." Jesus was buried on the Passover day at sunset.

4. Between Burial and Resurrection

They gave him a quick burial since at sunset begins a Sabbath day. They can do nothing on that day since that was a Sabbath day, now one day is gone. Then they had to obtain spices etc, and prepare the spices and ointments on the second day. The next day is the seventh day Sabbath, and so they had to rest again. This is the third day that ends at sunset. At night the women cannot embalm the body and so they came early in the morning even before sunrise. "Luke 23:55 women also, ... 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. Luke 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus." The body of Jesus was not there even before the day was dawn that is; even at the night the body was not there. That is, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead at the end of the seventh day Sabbath. That is, he was raised at the sunset of Saturday and the people know it only when they came to the sepulture early in the morning before the dawn, that is even before Sunday morning. So, he was in the tomb, at the heart of the earth, only for three days and three nights.

5. So, He was Crucified on Wednesday

Jesus was crucified on a Passover day, which was the preparation day of the Passover, and was buried at the sunset. The next day was the unleavened feast Sabbath day, then a regular day in which they have prepared the spies and ointments, then a seventh day Sabbath and the end of the Sabbath was the resurrection of Jesus. The seventh day Sabbath was Saturday, the regular day was Friday, the unleavened feast Sabbath was Thursday, and Wednesday was the preparation day of the Passover, in which Jesus was crucified. His resurrection was immediately after sunset, the end of Saturday Sabbath. People found it out before early dawn, which was still night.

The purpose of this article is not to revoke the long held tradition of Good Friday. But, if someone ask a question because of curiosity, we may be able to answer. Further, it is better to know the truth, than to continue in ignorance.

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