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I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. (Philippians 3:10 NIV)

Do recognize that the Cross is the end of the risen life, and not only the beginning. If you forget everything else, remember that. The Cross is the end of the risen life, as well as the beginning: “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, becoming conformed unto His death.”People have been to me with Philippians 3 and have asked: “Why did Paul put death at the end? Surely it ought to be right the other way round – ‘That I may be conformed to His death, and know Him in the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings.’” No, there is no mistake. The order is of the Holy Spirit. The power of His resurrection presupposes that there has been a death, but the very resurrection-life leads to the Cross. The Holy Spirit in the power of the risen life is always leading you back to the Cross, to conformity to His death. It is the very property of Life to rule out all that belongs to death. It is the very power of resurrection to bring us back to the place where death is constantly overcome.

That place is none other than the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ where the natural life is put aside. So Paul says: “…becoming conformed unto His death,” which means: to have the ground of death continuously and progressively removed; and that, again, as we have said, is the fruit of living union with Him. It would be a poor look-out for you and for me were we to be conformed to His death in entirety apart from the power of resurrection in us, apart from our already knowing the Life of the Lord. Where would be our hope? What is it that is the power of our survival when the Cross is made more real in our experience? There would be no survival were it not that His risen Life is in us. So Paul prays: “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection…” and that means conformity to His death without utter destruction. The end of the risen life is the Cross. The Holy Spirit is always working in relation to the Cross, in order that the power of His resurrection may be increasingly manifested in us.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: The Battle For Life – Chapter 3


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We receive a lot of different questions about Easter and Jesus’ resurrection. Rather than focusing on any one particular question, we thought it would be more helpful for us to give you the list of our most frequently asked questions related to Easter. Whether or not you choose to celebrate Easter, rejoice with us that Jesus was resurrected. Without the resurrection of Jesus, we would all still be dead in our sins (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).

What is Good Friday / Holy Friday?

What is Holy Saturday?

What is Easter Sunday?

What is Easter Monday?

What are the origins of Easter? Should we even be celebrating Easter?

How is the date for Easter determined?

What is the origin of the Easter bunny and Easter eggs?

Why should I believe in Christ’s resurrection?

Why is the resurrection of Christ important?

Was Jesus crucified on a Friday? If so, how did He spend three days in the tomb if He was resurrected on Sunday?

Where was Jesus for the 3 days between His death and resurrection?

Did Jesus go to hell between His death and resurrection?

How can you prove Christ’s resurrection?

What are the last seven sayings of Christ and what do they mean?

Should Christians celebrate Passover?

What is the Via Dolorosa?

Can the various resurrection accounts from the four Gospels be harmonized?

What is the significance of the triumphal entry?

What is the importance of the empty tomb?

What is Pascha?

What is Tenebrae? What is a Tenebrae service?

What are holy days?

What is Maundy Thursday / Holy Thursday?

What is Palm Sunday?

What is Passion Week?

What is the meaning of Lent?

What is Ash Wednesday?

What is the origin of Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras?

What is Shrove Tuesday?

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At the Cross [Live]

Published on Aug 23, 2012

Music video by Bill & Gloria Gaither performing At the Cross (feat. Gaither Vocal Band) [Live]. (P) (C) 2012 Spring House Music Group. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by EMI Christian Music Group,

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It’s Friday… But Sunday’s a Coming

This is S. M. Lockridge (1913-2000). He was a prominent African-American preacher known for his dynamic, passionate, and fervent sermons.  His most famous sermon  was “He’s my King.”

E Vineri… dar, VINE DUMINICA !!!!

E vineri – Isus se roaga
Petru a adormit, Iuda tradeaza
Dar Duminica vine!
E vineri – Pilat e zbuciumat
Consiliul comploteaza, multimea defaima
Ei nici macar nu stiu ca vine Duminica!

E vineri – Ucenicii alearga ca oile fara pastor
Maria plange, Petru se leapada
Dar ei nu stiu ca Duminica vine!
E vineri – Romanii lovesc in Isus al meu
L-au imbracat in purpura, L-au incoronat cu spini
Dar ei nu stiu ca Duminica vine!

E vineri – Priviti-L pe Isus urcand Calvarul
Sangele ii curge suvoi, trupul i se poticneste si sufletul ii arde
Dar vedeti, e doar vineri! Duminica vine!
E vineri – Lumea invinge, oamenii pacatuiesc, Diavolul ranjeste
E vineri – Soldatii bat cuie in mainile Salvatorului meu pe cruce
Bat cuie in picioarele Salvatorului meu pe cruce si apoi il ridica langa criminali.

E vineri – Dar sa stii ca Duminica e aproape
E vineri – Ucenicii se intreaba ce se intampla cu Regele lor?
Fariseii sarbatoresc ca aceasta crima a fost indeplinita
Dar ei nu stiu ca e doar vineri. Duminca e aproape!
E vineri – El atarna pe cruce strigand iertare catre Tatal Sau
Lasat singur si pe moarte, nu-L poate salva nimeni?
E vineri, dar Duminica vine!

E vineri – Pamantul se cutremura, cerul se intuneca
Regele meu isi inalta sufletul
E vineri, speranta e pierduta, moartea a invins
Pacatul a biruit si Satan e doar ranjet
E vineri – Isus e ingropat. Soldatii stau de paza
si o piatra e pusa deasupra mormantului
Dar e vineri, doar vineri
Duminica soseste!

Ioan 11:25 – Isus i -a zis: ,,Eu sînt învierea şi viaţa. Cine crede în Mine, chiar dacă ar fi murit, va trăi.

Translation in Romanian from https://rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/e-vineri-dar-vine-duminica-my-king/


jpegQuestion: “On what day was Jesus crucified?”

 Answer:The Bible does not explicitly state on which day of the week Jesus was crucified. The two most widely held views are Friday and Wednesday. Some, however, using a synthesis of both the Friday and Wednesday arguments, argue for Thursday as the day.Jesus said inMatthew 12:40, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Those who argue for a Friday crucifixion say that there is still avalidway in which He could have been considered in the grave for three days. In the Jewish mind of the first century, a part of day was considered as a full day. Since Jesus was in the grave for part of Friday, all of Saturday, and part of Sunday—He could be considered to have been in the grave for three days. One of the principal arguments for Friday is found inMark 15:42, which notes that Jesus was crucified “the day before the Sabbath.” If that was the weekly Sabbath, i.e. Saturday, then that fact leads to a Friday crucifixion. Another argument for Friday says that verses such asMatthew 16:21andLuke 9:22teach that Jesus would rise on the third day; therefore, He would not need to be in the grave a full three days and nights. But while some translations use “on the third day” for these verses, not all do, and not everyone agrees that “on the third day” is the best way to translate these verses. Furthermore,Mark 8:31says that Jesus will be raised “after” three days.The Thursday argument expands on the Friday view and argues mainly that there are too many events (some count as many as twenty) happening between Christ’s burial and Sunday morning to occur from Friday evening to Sunday morning. Proponents of the Thursday view point out that this is especially a problem when the only full day between Friday and Sunday was Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. An extra day or two eliminates that problem. The Thursday advocates could reason thus: suppose you haven’t seen a friend since Monday evening. The next time you see him it is Thursday morning and you say, “I haven’t seen you in three days” even though it had technically only been 60 hours (2.5 days). If Jesus was crucified on Thursday, this example shows how it could be considered three days.The Wednesday opinion states that there were two Sabbaths that week. After the first one (the one that occurred on the evening of the crucifixion [Mark 15:42;Luke 23:52-54]), the women purchased spices—note that they made theirpurchaseafter the Sabbath (Mark 16:1). The Wednesday view holds that this “Sabbath” was the Passover (seeLeviticus 16:29-31,23:24-32,39, where high holy days that are not necessarily the seventh day of the week are referred to as the Sabbath). The second Sabbath that week was the normal weekly Sabbath. Note that inLuke 23:56, the women who had purchased spices after the first Sabbath returned and prepared the spices, then “rested on the Sabbath.” The argument states that they could not purchase the spices after the Sabbath, yet prepare those spices before the Sabbath—unless there were two Sabbaths. With the two-Sabbath view, if Christ was crucified on Thursday, then the high holy Sabbath (the Passover) would have begun Thursday at sundown and ended at Friday sundown—at the beginning of the weekly Sabbath or Saturday. Purchasing the spices after the first Sabbath (Passover) would have meant they purchased them on Saturday and were breaking the Sabbath.Therefore, according to the Wednesday viewpoint, the only explanation that does not violate thebiblical accountof the women and the spices and holds to a literal understanding ofMatthew 12:40, is that Christ was crucified on Wednesday. The Sabbath that was a high holy day (Passover) occurred on Thursday, the women purchased spices (after that) on Friday and returned and prepared the spices on the same day, they rested on Saturday which was the weekly Sabbath, then brought the spices to the tomb early Sunday. Jesus was buried near sundown on Wednesday, which began Thursday in theJewish calendar. Using a Jewish calendar, you have Thursday night (night one), Thursday day (day one), Friday night (night two), Friday day (day two), Saturday night (night three), Saturday day (day three). We do not know exactly what time He rose, but we do know that it was before sunrise on Sunday. He could have risen as early as just after sunset Saturday evening, which began the first day of the week to the Jews. The discovery of the empty tomb was made just at sunrise (Mark 16:2), before it was fully light (John 20:1).A possible problem with the Wednesday view is that the disciples who walked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus did so on “the same day” of His resurrection (Luke 24:13). The disciples, who do not recognize Jesus, tell Him of Jesus’ crucifixion (24:21) and say that “today is the third day since these things happened” (24:22). Wednesday to Sunday is four days. A possible explanation is that they may have been counting since Wednesday evening at Christ’s burial, which begins the Jewish Thursday, and Thursday to Sunday could be counted as three days.In the grand scheme of things, it is not all that important to know what day of the week Christ was crucified. If it were very important, then God’s Word would have clearly communicated the day and timeframe. What is important is that He did die and that He physically, bodily rose from the dead. What is equally important is the reason He died—to take the punishment that all sinners deserve.John 3:16and3:36both proclaim that putting your trust in Him results in eternal life! This is equally true whether He was crucified on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.Recommended Resources:The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary HabermasandLogos Bible Software.


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Question: “What is the significance of the triumphal/triumphant entry?”

Answer: The triumphal entry is that of Jesus coming into Jerusalem on what we know as Palm Sunday, the Sunday before the crucifixion (John 12:1, 12). The story of the triumphal entry is one of the few incidents in the life of Jesus which appears in all four Gospel accounts (Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-40; John 12:12-19). Putting the four accounts together, it becomes clear that the triumphal entry was a significant event, not only to the people of Jesus’ day, but to Christians throughout history. We celebrate Palm Sunday to remember that momentous occasion.

On that day, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a borrowed donkey’s colt, one that had never been ridden before. The disciples spread their cloaks on the donkey for Jesus to sit on, and the multitudes came out to welcome Him, laying before Him their cloaks and the branches of palm trees. The people hailed and praised Him as the “King who comes in the name of the Lord” as He rode to the temple, where He taught the people, healed them, and drove out the money-changers and merchants who had made His Father’s house a “den of robbers” (Mark 11:17).

Jesus’ purpose in riding into Jerusalem was to make public His claim to be their Messiah and King of Israel in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Matthew tells us that the King coming on the foal of a donkey was an exact fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Jesus rides into His capital city as a conquering King and is hailed by the people as such, in the manner of the day. The streets of Jerusalem, the royal city, are open to Him, and like a king, He ascends to His palace, not a temporal palace, but the spiritual palace which is the temple, because His is a spiritual kingdom. He receives the worship and praise of the people because only He deserves it. No longer does He tell His disciples to be quiet about Him (Matthew 12:16, 16:20), but to shout His praises and worship Him openly. The spreading of cloaks was an act of homage for royalty (see 2 Kings 9:13). Jesus was openly declaring to the people that He was their King and the Messiah they had been waiting for.

Unfortunately, the praise the people lavished on Jesus was not because they recognized Him as their Messiah. They welcomed Him out of their desire for a deliverer, someone who would lead them in a revolt against Rome. There were many who, though they did not believe in Christ with a spiritual faith, nevertheless hoped that perhaps He might be to them a great temporal deliverer. These are the ones who hailed Him as King with their many Hosannas, recognizing Him as the Son of David who came in the name of the Lord. But when He failed in their expectations, when He refused to lead them in a massive revolt against the Roman occupiers and those who collaborated with them, the crowds quickly turned on Him. Within just a few days, their Hosannas would change to cries of “Crucify Him!” (Luke 23:20-21). Those who hailed Him as a hero would soon reject and abandon Him.

The story of the triumphal entry is one of contrasts and those contrasts are the application to believers. It is the story of the King who came as a lowly servant on a donkey, not a prancing steed, not in royal robes, but on the clothes of the poor and humble. Jesus Christ comes not to conquer by force as earthly kings, but by love, grace, mercy, and His own sacrifice for His people. His is not a kingdom of armies and splendor, but of lowliness and servanthood. He conquers not nations, but hearts and minds. His message is one of peace with God, not of temporal peace. If Jesus has made a triumphal entry into our hearts, He reigns there in peace and love. As His followers, we exhibit those same qualities, and the world sees the true King living and reigning in triumph in us.

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Palm Sunday: The Real Story

Published on Apr 16, 2014

Today is Palm Sunday. We are going to go back that day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem to shouts of praise. Luke 19 gives us a rare glimpse into the very real human emotions of Jesus. Hebrews 5:15 says, “We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tested as we are yet without sin.”

At this point, Jesus is headed to the Cross. We will follow His steps right up to Easter. The story before us is about what happened on Palm Sunday and after.

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Holy Week Events

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Could you elaborate on the exact dates this year for Palm Sunday, the passover meal, the Crucifixion, and Resurrection Morning. I abstained from the first celebration and would like to honor the Lord at the Passover.

Q. Could you elaborate on the exact dates this year for Palm Sunday, the passover meal, the Crucifixion, and Resurrection Morning. This is the first year I was aware of the difference between Easter and the Passover. I abstained from the first celebration and would like to honor the Lord at the Passover. Thank you very much.

A. Passover is a date specific holiday and always comes on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Nisan, no matter what day of the week it is. This year, 2008, Passover is Sunday April 20 on our calendar. Resurrection morning is always on the Feast of First Fruits, the first Sunday after Passover, so this year it’s on Sunday April 27.

There are really 2 Passover meals. The first is after sundown and before midnight on the 14th. It’s a quick ceremonial meal that’s no longer even observed by many Jews. The great festival meal, called the Seder, is eaten on the 15th, the first day of the feast of unleavened bread which is a Holy Day.

Remember that on the Jewish calendar evening precedes morning, so Jesus ate the ceremonial Passover meal, was arrested, crucified and buried, all on Passover. The special Sabbath that John referred to and that required that the Lord’s body be taken down before sunset was the first day of the Feast of unleavened bread. (John 19:31) He referred to Passover as the day of Preparation, because that’s the day on which all the work necessary for the Seder meal is done.

Only in some years do things line up as they did in the year Jesus was crucified because Passover can be any day of the week that’s also the 14th day of the month. But Resurrection morning is always the following Sunday. In the year of His death Passover was on the Thursday between Palm Sunday and Resurrection morning.

The anniversary of the first Palm Sunday will be April 13 this year, so you still have time to observe all the events of Holy Week on the anniversary of their occurrence. It’ll just require two weeks to do it.


Passover And FirstFruits

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Q.  My question relates to the day in which we recognize the resurrection of Christ. In one or two articles you say that Christ rose again on the Sunday after Passover. There is a problem with that because Passover jumps to different days on our Gregorian calendar. Do you say that it is the Sunday after Passover in order to keep it simple for those who don’t know?

A.  This issue is not unique to the Gregorian calendar.  It’s  true of theHebrew calendar as well.  It stems from the fact that Passover was always on the 14th day of the month (Exodus 12:6) no matter what day of the week that happened to be, and the Feast of First fruits came on the day after the Sabbath that followed (Lev. 23:15), which is always a Sunday.

Therefore, there are only three days and three nights between the two in certain years, and those are the years when the 14th is also a Thursday.  So while Passover floats through the week, resurrection morning is always the first Sunday morning afterward, because that’s the Feast of First Fruits.



The Week With Two Sabbaths

Friday, November 9th, 2007

My question is regarding your commentary about “Solving the Three Day Three Night Mystery”

Mark 16:1 says that they bought sweet species AFTER the Sabbath, but Luke 23:56 says they bought them BEFORE the Sabbath. Which Sabbath was Mark referring to?

Q. My question is regarding your commentary about “Solving the Three Day Three Night Mystery”

Mark 16:1 says that they bought sweet species AFTER the Sabbath, but Luke 23:56 says they bought them BEFORE the Sabbath. Which Sabbath was Mark referring to?

A. There were two consecutive Sabbaths that week that prohibited any work. Luke is talking about the special Sabbath that began at sundown Thursday called the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It’s the reason the Jews wanted the Lord’s body off the cross before sundown. (John 19:31) According to John 19:39 Nicodemus had brought 75 pounds of spices to the tomb which the women used in preparing for the Lord’s burial. Luke 23:56 doesn’t say that the women bought spices, only that they prepared spices and perfumes.

Mark is referring to the weekly Sabbath that begins at sundown Friday and ends at sundown Saturday. When the weekly Sabbath ended they bought more tocomplete their preparations (Mark 16:1) and then early Sunday morning went to the tomb. (Matt. 28:1)

Three Days Three Nights Follow Up

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Q. If Jesus died on Thursday (Passover), and if at sundown immediately the feast of Unleavened Bread began, and if at sundown Friday the regular Sabbath started (Saturday), what day did the women buy and prepare the spices to anoint the body of Jesus? Mark says in 16:1 that they bought and prepared the spices “when the Sabbath was over,” speaking of Unleavened Bread, but Luke says they prepared the spices and perfumes and then rested on the Sabbath (Lk 23:56).

A. In the KJV Mark 16:1 says they had bought spices, indicating they had bought them previously, and Luke 24:1 says they had already prepared them when they went to the tomb, confirming the KJV translation of Mark 16:1. Also, John 19:39says that Joseph and Nicodemus brought 75 lbs. of spices with them when they first took to Lord’s body to the tomb.

As soon as Jesus was put on the cross they knew he was going to die. Someone would have had all day Thursday to buy and prepare the spices for His burial, since Thursday was a work day.  Joseph and Nicodemus brought some with them when they quickly laid His body in the tomb at sunset and the women brought the rest when they came back after the two Sabbaths to finish the job.


Holy Week Chronology

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

When the Protestant Church broke away from the Catholic church, they held onto some of their teachings. Like Jesus being crucified on Friday and risingSunday morning. We know Jesus said He would be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Q. I am interested in knowing where you stand. When the Protestant Church broke away from the Catholic church, they held onto some of their teachings. Like Jesus being crucified on Friday and rising Sunday morning. We know Jesus said He would be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. We know now that He was crucified on a Wed. and put in the grave just before sunset, because the High Sabbath began after sunset which was Thurs.

According to this record he rose on Saturday just before sunset, because it would have been the first of the week after sunset. So the Sabbath is really still the right day for the believers to worship our risen Saviour.

A. Thursday is really the only day that works for the crucifixion. The Lord rode into Jerusalem on Sunday and allowed Himself to be hailed as Israel’s King for the first and only time in His ministry. This fulfilled the passover prophecy that the Lamb had to be selected on the 10th day of the month, and then had to be minutely inspected for 3 days (Monday the 11th, Tuesday the 12th and Wednesday the 13th) until the 14th. (Exodus 12:3-6)

He was crucified on Thursday, which was Passover, the day the lamb had to be sacrificed. It was also called Preparation day because it was the day before the feast of Unleavened Bread began when no work could be done. This is thespecial Sabbath that John referred to in John 19:31. It began on the 15th which was Friday that year.

The next day was Saturday, the weekly Sabbath on which no work could be done. Finally the women came to the tomb at sunrise on on Sunday, the first day on which they could do the work of attending to His body. (Matt. 28:1)It was the Feast of First Fruits, the day after the first Sabbath after Passover. (Lev. 23:9-11)

If He had been crucified on Wednesday there wouldn’t have been time to meetthe 3 day inspection rule and if the special Sabbath was on Thursday the women could have come on Friday to anoint the body.

He died on Thursday, day one, then Friday was night one and day two, Saturday was night 2 and day three, Sunday was night 3 and He was out of the tomb before sunrise when the women got there.

Paul wrote that we’re not to judge people as to a Sabbath day (Col. 2:16), that each person is to be fully convinced in his own mind what is right (Rom. 14:5). If you like Saturday then worship on Saturday. I prefer Sunday7221Golgotha


When Did Jesus Die?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Q. Thanks so much for your web site, it has been a blessing. Once again, here is another thought about the timing of our Christ being crucified. I’ve read a lot of the articles, and they all make good sense, however I never seen in any of them a couple of scriptures that are very important.

Some suppose it was Good Friday, you say Thursday is the only day, while others say Wednesday. The gospel accounts all added together give us the clearest picture of all, setting aside Jewish traditions. Some say you must account for the traditions, I say the Holy Bible alone will give you the answers. Studying the Gospels, in conjunction with the old testament, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday that He went into the temple for the first day of inspection. Therefore the  three day inspection ended on Tuesday.

The reasons I believe this are the two scriptures in Mark and Luke. The gospels say there was and earthquake when Jesus gave up His Spirit. The graves were open. The following day they could do no work. The day of the resurrection there was another earthquake. This leads to Friday.Luke 23:55 say the women followed to see where Jesus was laid, vs. 56 says “they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.” Some believing this Sabbath to be Saturday correctly.

Mark 15:47 says the women beheld where He was laid. Mark 16:1 says, “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Him.

My question is how the could buy and prepared the spices before and after the sabbath, if the Sabbaths were not Thursday and Saturday? Was Jesus therefore crucified on Wednesday? Thank for your answer.

A. You’ve read my article on the Holy Week events so you know I think the Bible says that Thursday is the only possible day. Exodus 12:3 says that the 10th day was for selecting the Lamb. Then came 3 days of inspection, the 11th, 12th, and 13th, and then Passover the 14th.

Palm Sunday was the day of selection.  It was the only day in His life that He allowed them to call Him the Messiah and can’t be counted in theinspection process.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were for inspection, and that makes the Crucifixion on Thursday, Passover.  Friday was the Feast of Unleavened bread, a special Sabbath where no work was allowed, Saturday was the regular Sabbath, and Sunday was the first day of the week when the women went to the tomb and found it empty.

Neither Luke 23:55-56 nor Mark 15:47-16:1 contain anything to dispute that. Assuming they didn’t know in advance when Jesus was going to be executed, the women had two opportunities to buy spices after the time He was condemned to death and before they saw the open tomb. The first was anytime Thursday before sunset, and the other was Saturday evening after sunset when the second Sabbath ended. John 19:39-40 supports the earlier purchase, saying that Nicodemus and Joseph had 75 pounds of spices with them when they laid the Lord in the tomb. The fact that Mark 16:1 says that the women had bought spices, which implies some time before Sunday morning, gives further support to the early purchase.


Three Days And Three Nights Or 72 Hours?

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Q. As you are aware the Hebrew culture’s sense of timing was and as far as I know still different from ours.  This is certain during the time of the disciples who would have kept to Hebrew timing.

At the time of the crucifixion Jewish law had an important legal stipulation.  This stated that a person was not legally dead until a full three 24-hour day’s had passed i.e. 72 hours.  Because of our system of timing, inherited from the R.C. church, we assume that “early the first day of the week” meant Sunday morning sunRISE.  According to the Companion Bible and its appendages this verse in Mark’s gospel meant Saturday evening just as the sun set. There is a most interesting discussion in these appendages on the right day of the Passover at the time of the crucifixion, claiming it was on a Wednesday not a Friday.

A. In order to have the Lord crucified on Passover and prevent the women from preparing His body for burial, He had to be crucified on Thursday.  It was called preparation day in the Lord’s time because at sunset the Feast of unleavened bread began, so all the preparation had to be done beforehand. That made Friday the special Sabbath that John spoke of (John 19:31).  Then Saturday was the normal Sabbath.  No work could be done on either day, keeping the women away.  Had the Lord been crucified earlier in the week the women could have come the next day and no one would have noticed when He rose.  Finally on Sunday Morning the women could come to anoint the body  and discover that the Lord had risen.  The Bible doesn’t say He rose at sunrise, but that the women got there at sunrise and found the empty tomb.

I don’t know where you got the information about the 72 hour rule, but I think someone has embellished the Hebrew tradition that a deceased person’s soul lingered near the body for 3 days.  On the fourth day the person was considered dead and that’s when they believed the body began to decompose. It was also normal to consider any part of a day as a full day when counting.  Therefore the three days and three nights prophecy can be fulfilled in less than 72 hours.

With night preceding day in the Hebrew manner of counting, the three days would have been Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the three nights would have been Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.   Thursday day and Sunday night were slightly shortened periods.

Psalm 16:10 contains a prophecy that God would not leave His Holy One in the grave nor allow his body to see decay.  Both Peter (Acts  2:27) and Paul (Acts 13:35) applied this to the Lord.  This confirms that Jesus had to come out of the grave before decomposition could begin on the fourth day, and lends support to a 3 day, 3 night stay of less than 72 hours.

This also explains why Jesus delayed before coming to raise Lazarus (John 11:6).  Had he called Lazarus from the grave earlier, people could have claimed that Lazarus wasn’t really dead. By waiting till the 4th day, He removed all doubt. (John 11:39)


1016723_10153124739654063_6942311393247908815_nThe Three Day Three Night Mystery

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Q. It seems that if Jesus were buried Thursday afternoon, he wouldn’t have been in the grave 3 full days and 3 full nights. For that to have happened, he would have had to been crucified on Wednesday. Any thoughts?

A. You’re adding to the text. It doesn’t say three full days and three full nights. Literally the Greek is three day periods and three night periods. Also the Jewish day goes from sunset to sunset, and night precedes day. He died on Thursday about 3 in the afternoon, being on the cross since morning, and was immediately laid in the tomb. Day 1. At sunset it became Friday night. Night 1. The next morning was Friday day. Day 2. Then at sunset it was Saturday night. Night 2. Then Saturday day. Day 3. Then Sunday night, Night 3. By Sunday morning He had risen from the grave.


Still More On The Three Day Three Night Mystery

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Q.  I’ve noticed several commentators saying the crucifixion had to happen on Wednesday because the Lord had to be in the belly of the Earth three full days and three full nights for a total of 72 hours to fulfill the sign of the prophet Jonah.  How do you reconcile that with a Thursday crucifixion?

A. I can’t find a single English translation that says “three full days and three full nights” or requires the passage of 72 hours to fulfill the intent of either Jonah 1:17, where the phrase originated, or Matt. 12:40 where Jesus repeated it.  Quoting from Strong’s concordance, “Eastern usage of this term differs from our western usage. Any part of a day is counted as a whole day, hence the expression ‘three days and three nights’ does not mean literally three whole (24 hour) days”.   According to this definition, a Thursday crucifixion easily meets the requirements.

Also the testimony of the two disciples Jesus encountered on the road to Emmaus confirms Sunday as the third day since the crucifixion (Luke 24:21), making Saturday the second day since, Friday the first day since, and Thursday the day of the crucifixion.   Depending on whose opinion you like, Emmaus was between 4 and 7 miles from Jerusalem.  Proponents of a Wednesday crucifixion would have the disciples going there on Saturday which far exceeds the distance permitted by Jewish law for a Sabbath day’s journey.


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