Three Days and Three Nights

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You. “But He answered and said to them,” An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  (Matthew 12:38-40 NASB)

How this one has slipped past mankind for so long is beyond comprehension.  Jesus said the only sign that He was the Messiah would be that He would be dead in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights.  Friday evening to Sunday morning just isn’t enough time.  In fact, if you look closely at the Gospels, Jesus was already Resurrected before the sun came up on Sunday anyhow, so you can’t even count that day as a day!

So how many times have we heard that Jesus was or is our Passover?  Not only is it true that Jesus was/is our Passover, but this is the fundamental clue to what happened Passion week.  There were two Sabbaths Passion week, the First Day of Unleavened Bread and the weekly Sabbath.  On the Hebrew calendar, the month Jesus was crucified is called Abib.  Passover is on the 14th of Abib and the First Day of Unleavened Bread, which is a High Sabbath, is on the 15th of Abib.  So, if Jesus was crucified on the evening of Abib 14 (Wednesday in that particular year), as our Passover Lamb, then Abib 15 (Thursday) is a High Sabbath, then the Gospels all start to reconcile.

Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  (John 19:31 NASB)

The day after Jesus was crucified was a High Sabbath, it was not the weekly Sabbath.  It is also the reason that so many Christian churches eat unleavened bread for their communion service because it was the First Day of Unleavened Bread. Jesus died on a Wednesday afternoon, was placed in the tomb near sunset Wednesday.  Sunset Wednesday to sunset Thursday, day 1 and a High Sabbath.  Sunset Thursday to sunset Friday, day 2 and the day the women gathered the spices.  Sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, day 3.  Sometime after sunset Saturday, Jesus is resurrected (Praise God Almighty!) and the women discover the empty tomb sometime before the sun comes up.  3 days and 3 nights. Since Jesus was crucified on Abib 14, we can figure out that He was resurrected three days later by simply adding 14 + 3 and coming up with 17 Abib! Using the calendar and losing the days of the week make it very easy to comprehend!

The bottom line is that there is not enough time from Friday evening to Sunday morning for the only sign Jesus gave to be true.  It’s yet another reason to mistrust the doctrines of mainstream Christianity. Either Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, was in the tomb somewhere near 72 hours or the only sign He gave was not fulfilled.

Comments are welcome!