Hope To The End.
If I tell you that we had visitors stay with us 3 days and 3 nights, and left as the sun rose on the 1st day of the week, what would you conclude?
You would conclude that visitors came sometime Thursday before Sundown, stayed Thursday night, Friday, Friday night, Saturday, Saturday night and then left early Sunday morning at dawn.
Sometime Thursday before Sundown
Friday....12 hours (6 to 6)
Saturday....12 hours (6 to 6)
Thursday night....12 hours (6 to 6)
Friday night....12 hours (6 to 6)
Saturday night....12 hours (6 to 6)
This time frame would not have to be a specific 72 hour period, but it would have to be a minimum of 60 hours + additional hours.
This we believe is the explanation of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Jesus died at 3:00 Thursday afternoon. Passover was that evening. Thursday itself was called "The Preparation Day". The 7 Day feast of Unleavened Bread began at Sundown that evening with a Passover meal . That same sundown Thursday evening began their Sabbath-High-Holy Day rest. This was not their Saturday-Sabbath rest, which starts on Friday evening. This was their High-Holy-Day-of-Rest, the feast of Unleavened Bread.
HIGH-HOLY DAY SABBATH
You see, Passover is tied to a specific date, Nisan 14. Since it is tied to a specific date, it can occur on any day of the week, as the calendar rotates year after year.
For instance, we all were born on a specific date, our birthday. But the DAY within the week of our birthday changes each year, as the calendar rotates. Our birthday can be on a Monday one year, then next year a Tuesday etc. etc. It is the same with Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It occurs on whatever weekday the 14th of Nisan falls.
The year Our Lord died, it fell on a Thursday evening. Thursday-DAY was the day of Preparation. Our Lord died 3 hours before the Passover Meal (at the exact time they slaughtered the lambs).
The Passover meal was in three more hours.
That is why Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus craved the Body of Jesus from Pilate (Mark 15:43), so that they could anoint and bury Jesus' body, before the High Holy Sabbath-Feast, which would begin in a few hours.
This Sabbath was not the Saturday-Sabbath which begins on Friday evening. This was the High Holy Day Sabbath, which that year fell on a Thursday evening and Friday-DAY. In other words, the HOLY DAY Sabbath (Passover-Unleavened Bread) was followed by their 7th day Saturday-Sabbath, thereby having a double-Sabbath, back-to-back.
7th DAY SATURDAY- SABBATH
The Jewish people have their day of rest on Saturday. They begin their Sabbath the night before on Friday evening. It was that way in Biblical times and is still that way today. Every Friday evening a candle is lit, prayers are said and no work is done till sundown Saturday evening. By Saturday evening the Sabbath is officially ended. The next day, Sunday, is called " the 1st day of the week."
Here is what Matthew 28:1 says: [ KJV Authorized ]
"In the END of the Sabbath, AS IT BEGAN TO DAWN toward the first day of the week (Sunday), came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre."
It doesn't get much plainer than that . Jesus arose Sunday ( AFTER the Saturday-Sabbath was ended) on the 1st day of the week.
Matthew 12:40 tells us that Jesus had to be in the earth for 3 days and 3 nights:
"For as Jonas was 3 days and 3 nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth".
Our Lord did not speak in "idioms". He always spoke with mathematical accuracy and truth. Backing up 3 nights, we know then that Saturday night, Friday night, and Thursday night, Jesus was in the heart of the earth.
Backing up 3 days from Sunday, we know that Jesus had to be in the grave Saturday, Friday and part of Thursday before Sundown.
There you have it.
Matthew 28:1 is Absolutely 100 % accurate when it states that Jesus arose on Sunday.
Matthew 12:40 is Absolutely 100 % accurate when it states that Jesus was in the grave 3 days and 3 nights.
John 19:31 is Absolutely 100% accurate when it tells us that the Sabbath immediately following Jesus death was the Sabbath of their High Holy Day, the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12:15-17), and that this was not to be confused with their 7th day Sabbath.
Luke 24:21 is 100% accurate when it states "and besides all this, today is the third day since these things were done". (Sunday Luke 24:1 and 24:13)
Jesus died on Thursday afternoon at EXACTLY the time that the Passover Lamb was slain. Jesus is our Passover Lamb.
( 1 Corinthians 5:7 ) At that same moment the veil of the temple was torn in two, thus pulling down the religious system in order to approach God personally for the forgiveness of our sins. We could now come boldly to His throne of mercy and grace and receive the pardon one seeks from a contrite and sincere heart.
(Hebrews 4:16 and Psalm 51:17)
Jesus proved He was our Passover Lamb when He came from the Mt. Of Olives on a donkey on Palm Sunday , Nisan 10.....the day the lamb was to be identified as the Passover Lamb:
"In the 10th day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb...and ye shall keep it until the 14th day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening." Exodus 12: 3--6
The lamb was to be separated, just as Jesus kept Himself at Jerusalem from that day on.
On Nisan 10 , Jesus revealed Himself to His people as the Blessed One, coming in the Name of the LORD and in fulfillment of Zacharias prophecy ( Zechariah 9:9 .
He remained in Jerusalem until the 14th of Nisan, upon which day He was slain upon a tree ( crucified ) ..thus becoming our sacrificial Lamb atoning for our sins.
"Watch the Lamb " -- Ray Boltz
How do we know that Jesus' Triumphant entry into Jerusalem was on a Sunday? Because John 12:1 says that Jesus dined with Lazarus 6 days before the Passover ( 6 days prior would be on a Saturday- Sabbath ) and John 12:12 tells us that Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem "on the next day" (after dining with Lazarus) which would have made that a Sunday, the 1st day of the week. How do we arrive at that?
Let's say we have a "Passover Calendar", much like our "Advent calendars".
These calendars mark DAY ONE on the actual anticipated day itself. Counting backwards in anticipation would be like this:
Passover...day one ( in this case, a Thursday night)
Saturday...day six (in perfect agreement with John 12:1)
These 6 days are Inclusive.
That would make
Sunday the 10th; Monday the 11th; Tuesday the 12th; Wednesday the
13th; and Thursday the 14th of Nisan, the Crucifixion of Jesus
Christ, our Passover Lamb.
Yes, Jesus our Passover Lamb was crucified and died at 3:00 Thursday afternoon, just as the High Priest slew the Passover Lamb in the Temple. Jesus was slain "without ( outside ) the ( Damascus ) gate ( of the City ) " Hebrews 12:12.
Jesus was laid in His tomb before Sundown, still reckoning it to be Thursday.
He was in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights, and rose gloriously on Easter morning, Sunday morning .
Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) present a time-sequence that appears
different from John's. Why?
Mark's Gospel reads:
"And the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover, His disciples said unto Him, 'Where wilt Thou that we go and prepare that Thou mayest eat the Passover?'
Mark 14:12 "and they made ready the Passover" Mark 14:16
This 14th Chapter appears to be a contradiction of the other Gospel accounts, especially John's Gospel which parallels Christ's crucifixion at the same time that the Passover Lamb was being slain in the Temple. (John 19:14)
Since the Gospels cannot contradict one another, we must start with absolute fact and then, by deduction, explain the reason for the apparent discrepancy.
First of all, we have already established the fact that Christ rose on Sunday.
We also have already established the fact that according to His own words (which out weighs any other witness) He was in the heart of the earth 3 days and 3 nights. So in conclusion, we have already established the fact that Christ was crucified on Thursday, before the Passover Meal took place throughout all Israel. Those facts are already confirmed in this article and are firmly grounded in Scripture.
We can only deduce that the Lord requested to share the Passover meal with His disciples a day earlier, knowing that He would not be with them on the morrow. This Wednesday then was their own particular day of preparation...their singular evening of unleavened bread. On the morrow, these same disciples would be celebrating Passover with their own families and relatives.
The "they" that Mark refers to is Our Lord and His disciples only.
Each one of us has done the same thing...celebrate a birthday, anniversary or holiday at a more convenient time under certain circumstances. This is definitely not out of the ordinary.
We must always keep in mind that Our Lord is also Lord of the Sabbath ( Holy Day ). Mark 2: 27, 28
Hezekiah himself recalculated the time of Passover due to unusual circumstances. "and the thing pleased the king and all the congregation" -- 2 Chronicles 30:4
Our Lord and His disciples were righteous; they were not legalists.
The disciples knew full well the malicious attempts of the chief priests, scribes and elders, and they wouldn't hesitate in the least to cooperate with a more discreet seder.
This deduction is a fair estimate. For if Mark 14 is confusing, Mark 15 sets the record straight.
In Mark 15:42 it says, "And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath
(of Unleavened Bread).
Here we have Mark calling 2 different days, days of "preparation". One, the day before Jesus died, and one on the day that Jesus died.
You argue: "this Sabbath was their 7th day Sabbath."
Not so, because on this day, the day Jesus died, Joseph of Arimathaea still had time to go to the markets and purchase fine linen...( Mark 15:46 )
something he could not do if Passover had already started the evening before, for it ranked as High a Sabbath as the 7th day Sabbath, and there could be no marketing .... no buying and selling.
So Mark himself clears up the issue by letting us know that the Last Supper was a special time designated by Our Lord to eat the Passover with his disciples. The actual national Passover was the next evening.
Our Lord Himself clears up this issue, when it is recorded in John 13:29 that Judas left the Last Supper , and many thought he was going out to purchase something.
If this were the national day of Passover throughout Israel, there would be no markets to go to , to purchase anything.
We see then that this was a special Last Supper Our Lord was sharing with His disciples on Wednesday evening.
This investigation into Mark's Gospel would apply to Matthew's and Luke's account as well. The Synoptic writers wrote of Christ's designated Passover, while John wrote of the actual national day of the Jewish Passover.
As with all Scripture interpretation, one can accept or reject these deductions. But they are sound and are also supported by Scripture.
Satan would love to keep the Church confused in as many issues as possible.
Only the Holy Spirit can enlighten truth to individuals.
The Lord has the final say in this matter. He said that He was in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights, and Scripture records His resurrection on the first day of the week, Sunday. That leaves no other conclusion than that Jesus was crucified on a Thursday.
HOUR of DARKNESS
Crucified on Thursday ... Joe Viel ( Messianic Corner)
Yeshua's fulfillment of the Passover schedule http://www.betemunah.org/chronology.html