Contrary to popular belief, Jesus actually died on Thursday afternoon and rose on Sunday morning, equaling three days and three nights in the grave.
The day after Jesus died was a Sabbath, and Sabbaths are normally on Saturday. However, this Sabbath was special, somewhat of a somber holiday (“for that sabbath day was an high day” 1), which during the Passover 2 occurred on the fifteenth day of the first month. 3 The fifteenth of the first month must have fallen on a Friday, making this particular Sabbath a Friday and Jesus’ crucifixion on Thursday. Interestingly, according to Leviticus, this special Sabbath occurred the day after Passover, meaning that Jesus died as our Passover lamb.
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- John 19:31 ↩
- Luke 22:7:”Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.” ↩
- Leviticus 23:6-7: “And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.” ↩