Written By Thomas Perez. March 31, 2018 at 4:05PM.
“for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40
Unlike most of my articles, this is a very small, but informative post. No need for introductions. Let us begin and get right into it.
Good Friday into Sunday Easter is only 2 days, not 3 days. The Scriptures & Jesus Himself said He was, and would be, dead for 3 days (Matt 12:38-40, I Cor 15:1-4, especially Vs 4). Christ rose on the first day of the week. The first day of the week for the Jews is Saturday, not Sunday. We all know this (Matt 28:1-6, Mark 16:1-6, Luke 24:1-7, especially Vs 7, and John 20:1-19). Also see; Matthew 17:23, Mark 9:31, Luke 18:33, John 2:19-20.
The 7th Day for the Jews is considered their 1st Day. Now count 3 days backwards from Saturday, you get Wednesday. Wednesday was the day our Lord was crucified. It fell on the High Day (The Annual Sabbath Passover Week). This particular Annual Sabbath Passover Week is not to be confused with the regular Sabbath that occurred on that Saturday. This High Day Sabbath corresponds to the 9th hour (3pm – the hour He died) before sunset (the beginning of the High Day – John 19:31-33).
Moreover, chronological history tells us that many annual High Days fell on a weekday, and not on a weekend. This happened at least 6x’s from circa 27-33AD. So not only does the Bible back it up, but history backs it up as well. The last supper Jesus had with His disciples was Tuesday night – it was the Passover Seder (meal), after that He went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, and then He is arrested. After His arrest He is brought before the Sanhedrin, who ultimately bring Him to Pontius Pilate, who in turn orders Him to appear before Herod. Herod is displeased and orders Him to be taken back to Pilate. Upon returning to Pilate, Jesus is sentence, and ultimately put to death.
Matthew says the Passover Jesus ate with His disciples was the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matt 26:17-19), it describes the Holy Week as an umbrella term. Leviticus 23 explains it all – just look it up. This passage tells us that the Passover is on the 14th and the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins the 15th; they are back-to-back. The first day (and the last day) of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is a Sabbath. This is a “special” Sabbath, also called a “High Sabbath.” Therefore the Sabbath for which Jesus had to be removed from the cross was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, not the weekly Sabbath.
Jesus celebrated the Passover at sundown Tuesday and died during its still ongoing celebration (from sunset to sunrise) on Wednesday. Jesus Christ died on a Wednesday at 3pm (before the Feast of Unleavened Bread – from sunset to sunrise) & rose on a Saturday. He became our Passover Lamb for sin on Wednesday, the 14 (1st Day). Becomes our Unleavened Bread on the 15th (2nd Day). And becomes our First Fruits Feast on the 16th (the firstfruits represents His Resurrection, the 3rd Day – I Cor 15:20-23).
Many always cite that; “there is One God, so it doesn’t matter what’s being thought, its all a matter of opinion anyway,” etc. No, it is not a matter of opinion, especially when something is black and white according to a particular faith. The problem with that line of thinking is that it doesn’t always fit the bill, as in our case for the Friday into Sunday two day burial of Christ. In this case, it is not an opinion it is black and white. According to the New Testament, it is a fact. It is recorded. But the masses claim He was dead for 2 days (Friday – Sunday). So who is really claiming an opinion here, me or the masses? Clearly it is the masses, not me. I’m only teaching what the Scriptures clearly cite. The masses are really making Jesus look like a lier, especially Catholicism, and some Protestants. No offense to anybody who is Catholic or Protestant, but that is the truth.
I can use another scenario or example. Hypothetically speaking, how would you like it if it was recorded that the New York Yankees on July 25th lost 6-4 to Boston, but I kept saying; “no, they won 6-4.” Who would you believe, me or the NBL recorded standings and scores? You would believe the NBL recorded standings and scores, wouldn’t you? So why can’t you believe something that is black and white in the scriptures?
However, there are some passages of Scripture within many works of Holy Writ that are difficult to understand (areas that are not black and white). But when that occurs, that is when a proper interpretation and/or some good Biblical hermeneutics come in handy – as long as it fits in with everything else that is written in the text as a whole. It is also extremely important to consider the historical background and cultural traditions of a given society in antiquity. Moreover; dates, religious and political movements, when examined through the scopes of contextual criticism, should always fit the overall recorded passages with reference to various interpretations. This is done because most works of Holy writ are based upon, not only the narrative, but of its historical authenticity.
So when conducting a study, always ask yourself; “does my interpretation harmoniously fit in with the entire Bible as a whole?” The same holds true for any other faith or religion. If one is to believe in his or her specific chosen faith, then they shouldn’t question what is black and white in their sacred writings either. And that is how I do it. Yes, God is One within all faiths. But I’m sure all of you know what I am trying to convey at this moment, case by case.