|Tradition (mainly from the early Catholic
Church) is that Yeshua was crucified on Friday, but is that correct? Many
have struggled with how that did not allow for 3 days & nights. Since
Yeshua stated more than once, 3 days. I'd like to offer the following:
We know several facts from scripture:
1. He was resurrected on the Feast of First Fruits (Nisan 17) which happened to fall on Saturday night, Sunday day that Year (Hebrew years are not the same as Gregorian).
2. The Women discovered the empty tomb on Sunday morning (Nissan 17)
3. Yeshua appeared to some of the Talmidim (disciples) that day (Nisan 17).
4. We know He celebrated Passover before the crucifixion.
5. We know that is was to be 3 days & nights.
6. We know that the first day of Passover is Nisan 14
7. We know that Hebrew days begin at sun down, to sundown.
Using these facts, the count is pretty straight forward:
- His Last Passover evening (Nisan 14),
- Executed Nisan 14 9-3pm, buried before sundown (day 1),
- In grave sundown to sunup (night 1, Nisan 15),
- In grave sunup to sundown (day 2, Nisan 15),
- In grave sundown to sunup (night 2, Nisan 16),
- In grave sunup to sundown (day 3, Nisan 16),
- In grave sundown to sunup (night 3, Nisan 17) - Feast of First Fruits
- Tomb empty Seen resurrected (day 4, Nisan 17) - Feast of First Fruits
The above count fits with scripture perfectly. Thus Yeshua was mostly likely crucified on Thursday, not Friday!
But someone might say they had to take him down before Sabbath, you are absolutely correct! The Sabbath being spoken of is not the weekly Sabbath, but the High Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Not to divide, but it shows the value of understanding the scripture from it's:
Blessings, BeShem Yeshua!
Cameron, Messianic Minister
MAN-NA - Messianic Alliance of North America (new)