DID THE MESSIAH DIE ON FRIDAY?

DID YOU KNOW that the Messiah really did not die on Friday, as most people believe?

Christianity teaches that the Messiah died on Friday and rose on Sunday. Friday became “Good Friday,” because according to their traditions our sins were removed on that day. There is some truth in that, since our sins were removed when He died, but He died on Wednesday, not Friday.

Messiah ate the Passover with His disciples on Tuesday night, the fourteenth day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar; then they walked to Gethsemane, a place on the Mount of Olives. (Ref. Matthew 26:36.) He was arrested that night in Gethsemane.

Early the next morning, Wednesday, still the fourteenth day of Nisan, the chief priests and elders discussed putting Him to death. (Ref. Matthew 27:1.)

By 9:00 A.M. (the third hour) of that same morning, the fourteenth, He was hung on the execution stake.

From noon (the sixth hour) until 3:00 P.M. (the ninth hour), there was darkness. (Ref. Matthew 27:45.)

He died at the ninth hour. (Ref. Mark 15:34-37.)

After the Messiah’s death, His followers were in a hurry to bury His body because the Sabbath would begin at sundown, as the biblical day is from sundown to sundown. (Ref. John 19:31.)

Note that it was called a “high day.” This was not the regular Sabbath, but was the first day of Unleavened Bread.

The first day of Unleavened Bread was considered a “High Sabbath.” (Ref. Leviticus 23:5-7.) He was buried just before sundown on Wednesday, the fourteenth. His followers rested on Thursday, the fifteenth, the High Sabbath; then several of the women bought spices on Friday, the sixteenth. (Ref. Mark 16:1.) They rested on the weekly Sabbath (the seventeenth); then they came to the tomb early on the first day of the week, Sunday, the eighteenth, but the Messiah had already risen. (Ref. Mark 16:2.)

To sum up the events of that week, the Messiah ate the Passover on Tuesday night, and was captured later that same night. He was hung on the stake on Wednesday morning, and was dead by Wednesday afternoon. He was buried before sundown on Wednesday.

He was in the grave from just before sundown on Wednesday, through Thursday and Friday nights, until just before sundown on the Sabbath (Saturday). He was in the grave three nights and three days, fulfilling what He said in Matthew 12:40.

The pattern of His death, burial and resurrection was exactly the same as the days and times of the Passover in Egypt. (Ref. Exodus 12:3-51; then read Numbers 28:16-18, Numbers 33:3-4 and Deuteronomy 16:1.) Note: The dates of the Passover (14 Nisan) and Unleavened Bread (15-21 Nisan) will always remain the same, but the days of the week will differ from year to year.

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