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Every year we celebrate “Easter”
Because of Jesus’ resurrection, which "Easter" points to, I decided to look at the events and statements made in the Bible concerning this miraculous even
I was shocked to find out that what I was taught concerning the resurrection, in the light of the “Easter” tradition, and what is mentioned clearly in the Bible are two very different ideas all together!
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Basically, church tradition about “Easter” does not match what is stated in the Bible.
Church tradition has it that Jesus Christ died on what we call ‘Good Friday’ and was in the grave until He rose from the dead at sunrise on Sunday.
Tradition has Jesus dead from Friday evening to sunrise Sunday. That would be about one and a half days in which Jesus’ body would be in the grave.
I was taught this idea all of my life.
And, in the churches we are taught this idea is “the Bible truth.”
Since I wasn’t there when Jesus died and rose from the dead, I can only rely on what the Bible says about this event.
Those who wrote in the scriptures about this miracle actually saw some of these events take place, they are “witnesses” to the fact.
John 2:19-21 tells me that Jesus Himself says how long He would be in the grave - it reads:
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But He spake of the temple of His body.”
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It is recorded in the book of Jonah 1:17 that Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
In Matthew 12:39-40 Jesus said; “the only sign given about Who He is was the sign on Jonah.”
Matthew 12:39-40 reads:
“But he (Jesus) answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
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† The Bible is telling me that Jesus said His body would be in the tomb for “three days and three nights.”
† The Bible is telling me that “three days and three nights" in the tomb was the only “sign” given to those seeking a sign.
I read that Jesus was crucified at "the third hour" (about 9 AM) and after “the ninth hour” (which is about 3:00 pm), then Jesus “cried out” (Matthew 27:46-50; Mark 15:25, 34-37; Luke 23:44-46) and then died.
The third hour is three hours after sun rise - about 9ish AM, the ninth hour is nine hours after sun rise - about 3ish PM.
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† The Bible is telling me that Jesus was crucified around 9:00 AM died around 3:00 PM.
Luke 23:44 also showed me that from “the sixth hour” there was darkness until “the ninth hour.” “The sixth hour” is six hours after sunrise or around noon - this would make “the ninth hour” around 3:00 in the afternoon.
† The Bible is telling me that it was dark from around noon time to around 3:00 pm.
These things happened on the day called “the preparation” (Matthew 27:62; Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54) which is the day before “the Sabbath.”
John 19:42 also tells me that it was the preparation day on which He died.
It reads; “There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ “preparation day.”
† The Bible is telling me that Jesus died on “the preparation day.”
I found out in the book of Leviticus 23:32 and in the book Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31 that the day begins at evening according the God Himself, - we start each day at midnight.
† The Bible is telling me that the day begins at evening.
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I read the scriptural evidence John wrote where Mary Magdalene went to the tomb very early on Sunday morning, I found out that it was still dark when she arrived at the tomb (sepulcher).
John 20:1 “The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.”
† The Bible is telling me that Mary came to the tomb on the first day of the week.
† The Bible is telling me that Mary arrived at the tomb very early in the morning, it was still dark.
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I also found what Paul said about this event. I found out in 1 Corinthians 15:1-6, Paul said he preached what he “received,” that Jesus rose the third day from the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:1-6 reads;
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures: and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.”
† The Bible is telling me that Paul preached Christ rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
So, this is what I found to be what really happened:
Jesus said the only sign given about Who He is, is the sign of Jonah. Jonah was three days and three nights in the great fish and Jesus said He would be in the tomb for the same amount of time.
On the day He was crucified, it was the Jews’ preparation.
While he was on the cross it became dark from around noon to around 3:00 pm. Now it was around 3:00 pm when Jesus actually died.
Because it was the preparation day Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb before the next day began, which was at dusk or evening, this is the time when each day begins.
I found out Mary came to the tomb very early, while it was still dark, on the first day or Sunday. When she arrived at the tomb she found that Jesus was not there, He was risen already.
I then counted 3 days to get the timing down.
> First, I counted back three days from the time Mary showed up at the tomb, and I ended up with Thursday, very early in the morning while it was still dark.
But that timing does not coincide with scripture. Jesus died around 3:00 pm and was rushed to be placed in the tomb before it became dark, before the beginning of the next day which starts at sundown.
> I then counted forward three days from (what we call Good Friday) Friday evening and I ended up with Monday evening. This is not when Mary came to the tomb.
> I then counted forward three days from Thursday evening and ended up with Sunday evening. This is not when Mary came to the tomb either.
> So I counted forward three days from Wednesday evening and ended up with Saturday evening!
Now this makes more since, because Mary came to the tomb very early in the morning while it was still dark on the first day or Sunday morning.
What a shocker! Jesus died on the cross on Wednesday around 3:00 pmand was rushed to be placed in the tomb before sunset. Jesus said He would be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights (Matthew 12:39-40) like Jonah was in the great fish for three days and three nights (Jonah 1:17).
Church tradition had me believing that Jesus was only in the grave for about one and a half days. From ‘Good Friday’ to Sunday morning.
Church tradition teaches indirectly that what Jesus said about His sign, “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” - that He didn’t actually mean three days and three nights, but what He meant was one and a half days in the heart of the earth.
Church tradition changed the timing between the Cross and the Resurrection taking place. And changed the day on which Jesus really rose from the dead - according to the scriptures.
I found out that tradition is wrong
and I found out that I’d rather believe what the scripture tells me than what tradition tells me.
Paul did write; “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8
Paul preached Christ rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-6) and from here on out, I’m going to do the same. I’m going to tell others that Jesus died on the cross and three days later he rose from the dead according to the scriptures.
And if anyone asks what days these things all happened on, I will say;
“I found out by looking closely at the scriptures, Jesus died on Wednesday around 3:00 pm and rose from the dead on Saturday sometime in the evening, not on Sunday as tradition teaches. And I will take the time to show them what the Lord Jesus said about His miraculous event.”
So.... two questions must be asked to dig deeper into this event.
1) What is the preparation day?
2) What Sabbath is this preparation day for?