The day Jesus died and the day He rose from the tomb

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This is a rerun of basic information in the March 10 post.

It is common knowledge among Evangelicals that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the tomb as the Living Christ.


Jesus Dies on the Cross but when did He die and when did He rise from the tomb?

Traditional Evangelicals believe Jesus died on Friday and that He was buried late Friday afternoon. He arose Sunday morning. This would have Him in the grave about 36 hours, far less than the 72 hours that Jesus Himself mentions at Matt. 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.

But suppose Passover fell on Thursday the year Jesus died.

That year, Passover fell on the Thursday, after Jesus was crucified on Wednesday. That would make Thursday a High Sabbath and observance began at sundown Wednesday. That adds new meaning to the pressure of time sensed by Joseph of Arimathea and the women who were helping him.

Of course, Saturday was the regular Sabbath so everyone had to observe that, too. So this means Jesus was in the grave from late Wednesday until sometime Sunday. Of course, the Resurrection was not discovered until early Sunday morning, when the women arrived to finish preparing His body for burial.

However, the Resurrection could have occurred late Saturday afternoon and no one would have been the wiser. That would give Jesus a full 72 hours in the grave, just as He stated at Matt. 12:40.


G. Edwin Lint, BS, ThB, MA, -- Editor
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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. --Edmund Burke 1729-1797
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