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Question: Did Jesus die on Friday?

Answer: The only way I can see for the words of Jesus to be fulfilled, is for the 14th day of the first month, the "Passover Day" that Jesus was crucified on, to be a Wednesday. The next day was a "special Sabbath", the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Here is a graphic depiction of "Resurrection Week", to help us understand the details:

Biblical Version of "Resurrection Week":

Matt 12:40 "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".

Wed 14th starts at 6 PM

6 PM starts Thur. 15th

6 PM starts Fri.16th

6 PM starts Sat. 17th

6 PM Sunday begins

Lev 23:5 Passover day
- Passover Supper
- Walk to the Garden
- Jesus prays
- Betrayed & arrested

Matt 27:62-66 a THREE DAY guard is set!
First Night & Day in the tomb

Second Night & Day

Third Night & Day Seventh Day Sabbath

Many other trips to the tomb during the night recorded, and continuing through first light.

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight

- Jesus brought before the High Priest

The disciples and women rested according to the commandment, Lk 23:54 - 56

Second Night & Day

Third Night & Day The Seventh Day Sabbath

6 AM

6 AM

6 AM

6 AM

6 AM

- Brought before the Council
- Judas hangs himself
- Jesus before Pilate
- Sentenced by Pilate
- Jesus is nailed to the Cross at 9 AM, Mark 15:25

Thursday the 15th, the First day of the feast of Unleavened Bread

Second Night & Day

Third Night & Day Seventh Day Sabbath

Noon

Noon

Noon

Noon

Noon

- Noon to 3 PM 3 hours of darkness, Matt 27:45
- Jesus removed from Cross and buried before 6 PM Wednesday, John 19:31

A special Sabbath Lev 23:6-8

Second Night & Day

Third Night & Day Seventh Day Sabbath

The tomb is empty before 6PM Saturday, Matt 28:1

6 PM starts Thurs 15th

6 PM starts Fri 16th

6 PM starts Sat.17th

6 PM starts Sun. 18th

John 19:31 " The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation (Passover), that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, for that sabbath day was an high day (First day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away."

It is easy to see here that a Friday crucifixion would not even include "parts" of 3 days and 3 nights. I have to believe Jesus died on Wednesday, the 14th of April, and was raised from the dead sometime Saturday the 17th of April.

  Here are links to each chart, in a printable Microsoft Excel file: ResurrectionTraditionLinear.xls, and ResurrectionWeekLinear.xls

Please feel free to write if you have questions,

   Bob Jones

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