Holy Week Chronology

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 the special 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 meet the 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 Sunday.

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