Q. I recently found your article entitled “solving the three day, three night mystery” in which you provide evidence for a Thursday crucifixion and a Sunday resurrection. It was very helpful and I want to thank you for your efforts. In it you state “…at sunrise it was Friday day, day two” This leads me to ask what is meant in Luke 24:21 when Jesus met with the men on the road to Emmaus and they told him that it was the “third day since all this took place.
The road to Emmaus event took place on the Sunday day (day three according to them) which would make Saturday day 2 and Friday day 1 since Christ was crucified. I just wonder how you make the 3 days 3 nights of Matthew 12:40, plus the Thursday crucifixion theory fit with Luke 24:21?
A. Had they said, “All this happened three days ago” you would have a point. But the phrase “it is the third day since all this took place” in Luke 24:21 means they weren’t counting the day it happened. The word “since” is roughly equivalent to “after”. Thursday was the day it happened, Friday was the first day since (after) it happened, Saturday was the second, and Sunday the third. Luke 24:21 confirms the Lord was crucified on Thursday.