On What Day was the Lord Jesus
Christ Was Crucified ?
The first and the last day of the Passover are like the Sabbath days; they are days of rest when no work is allowed.
Lev. 23:3 ": Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
Lev. 23:7,8 ": In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. : But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.”
Notice that Saturday is a day of rest “the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein” Notice also the first day of the Passover is “In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.”
The day before the first day of the Passover is also called the day of the Preparation and is called also the Sabbath.
Mark 15:42 ": And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath,” Luke 23:54 ": And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on.”
When did the Jews seal and guard the sepulchre? The Scriptures.
Mat. 27:62-66 62": Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63": Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64": Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. 65": Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. 66": So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
Now when did the Jews sealed the sepulchre? Explanations.
They did not seal it on the day of the preparation. He was buried on the day of the preparation and just before sun down and there was no time to seal the sepulchre. We have noticed that the first day of the Passover was treated like the Sabbath day. So it is impossible to seal it on the first day of the Passover because they will not meet with the Romans and they would not do anything to violate the day of rest. “In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.” So the only possible day was the day after the first day which is the second day of Passover. This day is also followed by the Sabbath day in this case it is for sure Saturday.
1. The day of the preparation of the Passover. We do not know what day of the week. (On this day the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified.)
2. The first day of the Passover. (In 30 A.D. it fell on a Thursday.) From sundown to sundown the first day in the grave.
3. The day they sealed the Tomb was one day before Saturday. (Friday) From sundown to sundown the second day in the grave.
4. Saturday. The third and last day in the grave.
According to the Jews Saturday starts more than an hour before sundown and ends more then an hour after sundown. So the resurrection could have happened around two hours after sundown.
John 19: 14,31, 42
14": And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
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.
"42": There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
How did the Jews count days?
According to the way the Jews count days, the day starts sun down to sun down. So if the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on the preparation day before the Passover so he was put in the grave a short time before the day of the Passover. The day after the Passover they sealed the tomb. After the Sabbath day he rose from the grave. The second Sabbath was a Saturday because it was followed by the first day of the week and we are sure that is to be Sunday.
The Lord Jesus Christ did not spend Sunday in the grave. 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.” Therefore the Lord Jesus Christ rose between Saturday sundown (that is the beginning of Sunday) and before the dawn in the morning. When Mary Magdalene came early, when it was yet dark and did not meet the soldiers she found that the Lord had already risen. If you study the verses below you will find that the soldiers went to the chief priests and elders and then returned, reporting that money was being given to them to remain quiet about the resurrection. All this happened before Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and while it was still dark.
2": And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3": His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4": And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
11": Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. 12": And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 13": Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14": And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. 15": So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Let us summarize this by saying the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on Wednesday he stayed in the grave Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and right after Saturday he rose from the grave. On the first day of the week he rose from the grave. In this way he stayed in the grave exactly three days no more and no less.
ATIF HIMADEH, PASTOR