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THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS
I guess it is because I am a lot more like doubting Thomas than like some of the other disciples, but the three days and nights in the tomb as prophesied by Jesus in the Bible just did not fit in the chronology outlined by later theologians. If Jesus was crucified on Friday and placed in the tomb before sundown on Friday and later rose before sunrise on Sunday, I could not fit three days and three nights into that time line. Even using the Jewish reckoning of time from sundown to sunrise as half a day and any part of a day being counted as a whole day, I could only count two days. Finally there is a better answer.
The “Good Friday” idea was conceived by people. Nowhere in the Bible does it say Jesus was crucified on a Friday. This idea was propagated by assuming the day of preparation as spoken in John 19:31 was the day prior to the weekly Sabbath (Saturday). In fact, John 19:31 reads,”That Sabbath was a high day.” High days or high Sabbaths were special holidays on the Jewish calendar. Those dates remained the same each year just like our own July 4th. The Passover feast (or feast of unleavened bread) was always celebrated on the 14th day of the month of Nisan (approximately March or April) and continued till the 20th day of the month of Nisan. Thus Passover and the feast of unleavened bread could have begun on any day of the week. If the Passover began on a day other than Saturday then the day of preparation would have been another day than Friday (the day before a Saturday Sabbath). Remember that the Feast of unleavened bread and the Passover would have been considered a high Sabbath. Lending more credence to this idea is Matthew 28:1 which literally reads, “Now after the Sabbaths as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week…,”note that the word translated in many versions is singular, but the real Greek word is plural. Matthew intended to write that there was more than one Sabbath that particular week.
If the year that Jesus was crucified had the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Passover feast starting on Wednesday, then Jesus would have eaten the Passover feast with the disciples on Wednesday night, been arrested and crucified on Thursday and placed in the tomb Thursday afternoon. The chronology would then be Thursday afternoon (1 day), Thursday night or Jewish Friday morning (1 night), Friday day (2nd day) Friday night or Jewish Saturday morning (2nd night), Saturday day (day 3), Saturday night or Jewish Sunday morning (night 3). Thus the prophecy of Jesus’ being in the belly of the Earth for three days and three nights is much easier reconciled. Too often the traditions of men lead to too much confusion. I hope this has been of some help to you.