Q. Regarding your 3 days 3 nights article, you state that the 14th of Nisan (Passover) was a Sabbath as well as the 15th (Feast of Unleavened Bread). Why was Jesus allowed to be crucified and buried on a Sabbath? Jesus had to be taken off the cross before sundown because the next day was a Sabbath, if he was crucified on the 14th, that day was also a Sabbath. I am confused.
A. Not every Sabbath prevented work. The Passover was one of those that didn’t. So was the Feast of First Fruits (Resurrection Morning). The reason that Passover came to be called preparation day is because they were getting ready for the big feast on the next day, the first day of the 7 day Feast of Unleavened Bread. That day was a Sabbath on which no work was permitted, and that’s why the bodies had to be off the crosses and buried before sundown when it became the 15th.