Three Days and Three Nights, The Biblical Sequence

In order to prove that Jesus was in the tomb, that is, the heart of the earth, for three days and three nights, we must see the parallel of the Gospels to get the time sequence.

The Biblical Sequence, Three Days and Three Nights:shining-cross-5_1039316910
The days of the week apply to the particular year of Jesus’ crucifixion since the Passover may land on any day of the week depending on the sighting of the first new moon each year.

1. The Evening Prior to the Daytime of the Preparation for the Passover [Tuesday night]:
The Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the arrest, the trial before the Sanhedrin

2. The Day of Preparation for the Passover [Wednesday]:
Taken before Pilate, taken to Herod, the beating, the crucifixion and His death, the burial
Night One

3. The 1st day of Unleavened Bread, a high day Sabbath [Thursday]:
Pharisees demand a seal of the tomb and a watch of soldiers.
Day One
Night Two

4. The 2nd Day of Unleavened Bread [Friday]:
The women buy and prepare spices.
Day Two
Night Three

5. The 3rd Day of Unleavened Bread, a weekly Sabbath day [Saturday]:
The women rested according to the commandment.
Day Three

6. The 4th Day of Unleavened Bread, the 1st day of the week [Sunday]:
The women bring the prepared spices to the tomb early in the morning while it is yet dark and find He is already risen.

So Jesus must have returned to his fleshly body late Saturday afternoon.  By 3 pm, the full three days and three nights prophecy would have been fulfilled.

Discrepancy? Do the Gospel writers disagree?

I would like to clear up an apparent discrepancy in Mark 14:12.
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?

1. We know that the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread is NOT the day on which the Passover lamb was killed. Continue reading

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Crucifixion to Resurrection Three Days and Three Nights? How’s that?

Let’s see …Three days and three nights, right?

Well, we’ll count Friday, Good Friday, as day one.  That’s when they say Jesus was crucified, so he died that afternoon and was buried that day before dark.  Day two must be Saturday.  Uh oh, everyone knows Easter Sunday is Resurrection Day, and he was alive early in the morning when Mary came to the tomb.  Anyway, even if they aren’t full days, we have counted three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The three nights?  Friday night, Saturday night, …no Sunday night.  How can we make it work?  And why does it matter? It’s just tradition, and I guess the early church had a little trouble counting.

But there is more to it than just tradition.  Jesus himself laid his whole claim to Messiahship on these three days and three nights.  It was to be his proof, his sign.

Matthew 12:38-40 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying,
Master, we would see a sign from thee.
But he answered and said unto them, Jonah and Whale pic
An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign;
and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly¹;
so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Before we go to pieces and begin to doubt our faith, let’s look again at the account.  Thankfully, we have four separate witnesses to these three days and three nights; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  And, yes, each day and each night is present and accounted for.

Sabbath Day Confusion

The confusion over the time sequence between Jesus’ death and His resurrection is caused by our lack of familiarity with the Law. Certain feast days were also Sabbath days, Continue reading

Did God Turn His Back on Jesus?

What was going on in Heaven while Jesus was on the cross?

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. KJV

I see the torn form of our Savior hanging near breathless and contorted crying out, “My God! My God!  Why have you forsaken me?”

Did God turn His back on Jesus as he was hanging on the cross?
Answer: God so loved the world.

God loved the world.  …So what was God doing while Jesus groaned in agony alone.

In John 5:19, Jesus told his disciples, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. “ NKJV

God did not turn His back.  God watched and waited.  God groaned in Heaven to forgive us.  He loved the world.  Jesus labored in his grief and suffering until his suffering reached the height of God’s suffering for all mankind, all His created children.  When the suffering of the Only Begotten Son equaled the suffering of His Father, then Father God called the question, “What say you, Jesus?  What say you?”

-They aren’t worth it!  They will always hurt us and each other!  They hate, steal, murder!-

No, Jesus answers God’s question with,

“Father, forgive them!”

The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do.  Jesus saw the aching heart of Father God.  He chose to be one in His pain.  Jesus forgave the men who drove the nails into his hands, the ones who had lied about him in court, Peter who had denied him three times, his disciples who ran away when soldiers came to arrest Jesus.  He forgives all of us who have betrayed him over and over again.

Jesus does what he sees the Father doing.

Mark 2:3-10-11  “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–he said to the paralytic– I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”