Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead on the Sabbath (Saturday), or Easter Sunday morning?
Clue: The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an HIGH DAY,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. - John 19:31 (emphasis of BOLD LETTERS mine) The Passover Sabbath was on a different day than the regular Saturday Sabbath. Knowing the day of the Passover Sabbath (Nisan 14) would reveal whether Jesus Christ rose on the Sabbath (Saturday), or Easter Sunday.
Matthew 12:39- "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
The Sabbath the Scripture is referring to is not Saturday, but the Holy Day of Passover. Holy Days were considered to be Sabbaths because no work was to be done on those days. It is likely that Christ was crucified on Wednesday and buried that night (sunset) according to the Jewish calendar. He would have been in the tomb at the start of Thursday. Remember, a "day" began at sunset.
Using a Jewish calendar, you have Thursday night (night one), Thursday day (day one), Friday night (night two), Friday day (day two), Saturday night (night three), Saturday day (day three). The scriptures do not specify exactly what time He rose, but we do know that it was before sunrise on Sunday. He could have risen as early as just after sunset Saturday evening, which began the first day of the week to the Jews. The discovery of the empty tomb was made just at sunrise (Mark 16:2), before it was fully light (John 20:1).
no, another falsehood promoted by the churches and not what scripture teaches.
see the correct answer below by renegadetory
You are correct. It simply comes down reading the Bible and connecting the dots for yourself. Unfortunately, many gobble up the wares, traditions, and "cotton candy" of man without weighing and testing it on Scripture to see if it is true.
Jesus rose from the tomb on the first day of the week (Sunday). Notice in Scripture that the ONLY day of the week that has a name is Sabbath (Saturday, the 7th day) as it is named by God Himself. Read the Genesis account in chapters 1 and 2 to see that all other days are NUMBERED. In Scripture, in Matthew 28:1-6 that it clearly records that the Sabbath has passed and it is now "the first day of the week" and that Jesus is "not here, for He is risen, as He said" (Matthew 28:6). Sabbath is not Jewish. Adam and Eve were not Jews and they kept the 7th day Saturday (Sabbath) holy as God commanded (Genesis 2:1-3 and Exodus 20:8-11). May this help you and may God guide you into all His Truth as is spoken by Him and not any human. (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The crucifixion occurred on the 14th of Nisan, which was the day of preparation for the Passover. It was ALWAYS "the day before the Sabbath", because the following day was first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the "HIGH DAY" or special Sabbath.
The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. - John 19:31
Since the day had a fixed DATE (Nisan 15), the sabbath was a "holy convocation", and not necessarily a weekly or seventh-day sabbath. The Old Testament Passover always preceded the ANNUAL Sabbath called the first Day of Unleavened Bread.
And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD. And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. In the first day shall be an holy convocation - Numbers 28:16-17
According to the Hebrew calendar, the Passover occurred on a Wednesday (Nisan 14) in the year of Christ's crucifixion. This means that the annual Sabbath had to be one day later—or Thursday (Nisan 15). This was the annual SABBATH that was approaching, thus requiring the swift burial of Jesus’ body. The weekly Sabbath, or Saturday, was to occur two days after that.
Christ died on the late afternoon (3pm Jewish time, or 9:00 pm Roman time) on Wednesday Passover (Nisan 14), and was resurrected three days later (72 hrs) on the late Saturday. Wednesday afternoon to Saturday afternoon is three days and three nights (72 hrs), meaning the resurrection of Jesus Christ did not occur on a Sunday, but on Saturday.
Sunday is often established as the day that Jesus Christ was resurrected because it would validate the traditions of man by “authorizing” the keeping of Sunday by the modern churches of the world. God’s true Sabbath has always been the 7th day (Saturday).
The Good Friday to Easter Sunday tradition collapses if Christ was in the grave for 72 hours (3 days and 3 nights). Also, Sunday-keeping collapses at the same time because the Sabbath can be traced all the way back to Genesis 2:2 and Exodus 20:8 was on the 7th day (Saturday).
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