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,
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