Brother Don Wilhelm delivered a message to us on May 28, 2016. Here’s the link to the video:
Can we just try to treat each other in love? Nothing at all matters without it. If there is a problem, can you talk to someone about it without back-biting and causing hate and gossip? Maybe that is what we need to learn from others mistakes, a lesson in humble attitude and loving kindness. ~Todd Craig
Romans 5:8 ESV But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16 ESV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
1 John 4:19 ESV We love because he first loved us.
Matthew 22:37-39 ESV And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
1 John 4:16 ESV So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
Romans 8:1-39 ESV There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …
John 2:1-12 ESV On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” …
John 14:6 ESV Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 10:10 ESV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
1 Timothy 2:5 ESV For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …
1 Corinthians 3:15-17 ESV If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 ESV But test everything; hold fast what is good.
John 1:18 ESV No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
John 20:1-31 ESV Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. …
Colossians 1:15 ESV He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Philippians 2:5 ESV Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
John 14:28 ESV You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
1 Peter 3:6 ESV As Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
John 6:50-71 ESV This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. …
John 3:1-36 ESV Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. …
John 2:1-25 ESV On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” …
Matthew 23:37 ESV “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!
Matthew 5:22 ESV But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
Isaiah 45:5 ESV I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me,
Exodus 20:6 ESV But showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
2 Timothy 2:15 ESV Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Corinthians 5:19 ESV That is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
Acts 4:12 ESV And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Revelation 3:14 ESV “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
John 13:35 ESV By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
1 Kings 5:4 ESV But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary nor misfortune.
Micah 6:8 ESV He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Acts 17:11 ESV Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Luke 13:34 ESV O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!
Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
Psalm 23:4 ESV Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Luke 2:10-11 ESV And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
M. Hirsch Goldberg in his book The Jewish Connection states: ” The Star of David is not of Jewish origin – and the ancient Israelites never used it as their religious symbol” (they used the Menorah or Seven Candlestick). So, why did the six-pointed star become known as the Jewish star? This symbol was widely adopted, not because the Jewish people chose it, but ironically because Adolph Hitler forced all Jews to wear a yellow six-pointed star during the holocaust. The word holocaust means burnt offering, and the six-pointed star was used in the past when burnt human sacrifices were offered to Moloch and Ashtoreth in Baal worship. The few Jews who had anything to do with the Six-Pointed star (hexagram) were those who were involved in occult practices. Back to Hitler, would he put anything good on a Jew? Hitler meant to insult and destroy the Jews, and being wrapped up in the occult (read the book, The Nazis and the Occult), he may have meant the Jews to be his burnt offering for power. Today, most Jews wear this star by choice, and without thinking or checking out its origin and usage through time. Wearing the six-pointed star became a fashion.
The first mention of the six-pointed star in Israelite literature was in Amos 5:6, when YAWEH angrily tells His people that ” I hate and despise your feast days…. You shall take up Siccuth, your king and Chiun your images, the star of your God….” Siccuth (Sakkuth) and Chiun (Kaiwan) means “star” and refers to Saturn as a star, and was objects of idolatrous worship, as they were considered to be Assyrian gods. The mixed multitude that went out of Egypt with the children of Israel took the star with them. Like the obelisk, the six-pointed star was an Egyptian idol used in idolatrous worship. In 922 B.C. when Solomon married the daughter of Pharoah, he became involved in Egyptian idol worship and went into magic, and witchcraft. Solomon built an altar to Ashtoreth and Moloch, and the six-pointed star, the chief symbol of human sacrifices in magic and witchcraft circles, came to be called the Seal of Solomon.
Solomon did not heed the subsequent warnings from God to cease from these abominable practices, even after God threatened to rend the Kingdom of Israel from his son’s hand. And indeed, the split occurred after Solomon’s death. Solomon’s idolatry caused the Kingdom of Israel to be split in two. The practices he introduced to the children of Israel eventually caused the House of Israel to go into exile into the Caucasus, and the House of Judah to go into captivity. It was Josiah who later destroyed this forbidden altar. Did you know that the number 666 was connected to Solomon? (1 Kings 10:14) Yes, 666 talents of gold was sent to Solomon each month by none other than the King of Tyrus. After you have read this account in the book of 1 Kings, turn to Ezekiel Chapter 28. Oh, what a tangled web was weaved, when Solomon practised to deceive. King Solomon left many articles which proved his blatant idolatry, such as King Solomon’s Mirror, King Solomon’s Comb, and the six-pointed star, which became known as the Seal of Solomon in the witchcraft and occult world. Solomon also laid down the foundations of the Craft (Daniel 8:25) which later became known as Freemasonry., and the six-pointed star features prominently in Masonic rituals.
King David was Solomon’s father, but he was never an idolater. He made it absolutely clear that God Himself was his shield, not only in Psalm 3:3 but in Psalm 28:7, Psalm 119:114, and Psalm 144:2.
We demanded proof from Him… He called us an evil generation that would demand a sign, however He gave us the sign that we would be able to tell that He was indeed the Messiah and would be raised. This was the sign Jesus gave to prove He was the MESSIAH! He plainly said He would be in the grave “three days and three nights”.
Here is a simple diagram of the timeline of our Messiah’s passion:
- “Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, ‘Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.’ But He answered and said to them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 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.'” (Matthew 12:38-40, NKJV throughout unless noted).
Since Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, the Jews demanded a sign of Him to prove His claim. Jesus could give them no better proof that He was the Christ than the literal fulfillment of the well-known sign of Jonah. If this sign were not literally fulfilled, it would prove to them that He was not the Messiah. This was the ONLY sign Jesus ever gave to prove He was the MESSIAH!
The Gospel of Mark tells us:
- “And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and AFTER THREE DAYS rise again.” (Mark 8:31)
Did Christ mean what He said? Did He really expect to be buried in the earth for three days and three nights? Jesus did not say, “After two nights and one day I will rise again.” He said, “After three days I will rise again.” He meant three days and three nights — a full seventy-two hours! The Jews remembered this sign when He was crucified.
- “On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” ” (Matthew 27:62-64).
They did all they could to prevent His resurrection. They got the watch, made the sepulcher sure, and sealed the stone. “After three days I will rise again” was necessary to fulfill the Jonah sign. Modern interpreters of the Bible make Jesus Christ a liar. They say Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, buried about sundown the same day, and arose on the next Sunday about daybreak in contradiction to the Scriptures! Any schoolboy knows that this is only two nights and one day. If He were crucified on Good Friday and arose on Sunday morning as they say, then He did not literally fulfill the sign of Jonah. If He did not fulfill this sign as He promised the Jews, then He was an IMPOSTER and not the Messiah! In other words, Jesus Christ lied to the Jews about His burial and resurrection. If the Good Friday theory is correct as some teach, then the Bible contains “highly figurative language” which requires a human interpreter to tell people what the verses really mean. By this same liberal method of interpreting the Scriptures you can destroy every basic doctrine in the Bible.
I am greatly concerned about not accusing the Messiah of lying! Jesus Christ plainly said He would be in the grave “three days and three nights”. He emphatically declared He would rise again “after three days”. I believe He fulfilled the sign of Jonah and vindicated His claim of being the Messiah. In Matthew 28, we read this testimony of the angel at the tomb:
- “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.” (Matthew 28:6)
He said He would be in the grave “three days and three nights” and “after three days” He would rise again. Jesus did fulfill the Jonah sign. But He was not crucified on Good Friday, nor did He rise on Sunday morning!
Is a PART of a day a WHOLE day?
Men, in order to get the Bible out of an embarrassing situation, allege that the Jews counted a part of a day as the whole day. Such passages as Genesis 42:17-18, 1Samuel 30:12 and Esther 4:15-16 are cited to prove this theory. However, NONE of these passages prove “three days and three nights” means TWO nights and ONE day! Only one of them even contains the expression “three days and three nights.”
- “So he put them all together in prison three days. Then Joseph said to them THE THIRD DAY, ‘Do this and live, for I fear God:’ (Genesis 42:17-18)
- “And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. So when he had eaten, his strength came back to him; for he had eaten no bread nor drunk water for THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS.” (1Samuel 30:12)
- “Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: ‘Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for THREE DAYS, NIGHT OR DAY. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!’ ” (Esther 4:15-16)
There is absolutely no reason to give “three days and three nights” in 1Samuel 30:12 any meaning except its literal meaning. Divine inspiration declares the young man “had eaten no bread nor drunk water for three days and three nights.” What authority has any man to contradict these plain words by affirming the time was not so long?
The expression, “three days, night or day” in Esther 4:15, is not the same wording as “three days and three nights” in Matthew 12:40. There is no mention of any nights at all in the other passages; therefore, they give no evidence as to the meaning of “three days and three nights.” There is no reason to take any of the passages cited in any sense except their literal sense, unless one has a theory to prove.
- “Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS.” (Jonah 1:17)
The “three days and three nights” in Jonah 1:17 are to be taken in their literal sense.
Even if some of the Jews counted a part of the day as a whole day, can it be proven that this is what JESUS meant? Can it be proven that the Jews counted a part of a day as a whole day and a whole night? Where is the proof in the inspired Word? Yet, proponents of the Good Friday tradition want us to believe that a part of a day meant a whole day and a whole night. Men who believe the Bible to be literally true dare not accept such reasoning.
What is the Bible’s definition of a Day?
The word “day” in the Bible, in its primary sense, means the interval between dawn and darkness.
- “God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. . . . ” (Genesis 1:5, compare with Genesis 1:14-18; 8:22.)
This is the first occurrence of the word “day” in the Bible, and the Lord God himself gives its meaning. Jesus stated there were twelve hours in a day. He asked in John 11:
- ” . . . Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.” (John 11:9) Jesus made a day and night consist of twenty-four hours. Can there be any higher authorities than the Lord God and Jesus Christ? Do not such authorities settle the matter for all true believers? In the Bible a day is the interval of time comprising the period between two successive risings of the sun (Genesis 7:24; Job 3:16).
The Hebrews reckoned it from evening to evening:
- ” . . . at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.” (Leviticus 23:32).
The twelve hour night began at sunset and ended at sunrise. It was counted before the twelve hour day.
- “. . . So the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Genesis 1:5).
Hence a new day began at 6 o’clock in the evening and lasted until the same time the next evening — a period of twenty-four hours — a twelve hour night followed by a twelve hour day!
What is the Good Friday Hoax?
The Bible nowhere says or implies that Jesus was crucified and died on Good Friday! Because the Jewish weekly Sabbath came on Saturday, scholars have assumed Jesus was crucified on Good Friday. This is poor reasoning because the Bible bears abundant testimony that the Jews kept OTHER Holy times besides the weekly Sabbath (which fell on Saturday). The Jews kept the annual Holy Days God had given Israel (Exodus 23:14-17, Leviticus 23, Numbers 28-29, etc.).
The Bible teaches that there were TWO Sabbaths, or days of rest, between the time when Jesus was put in a tomb and the moment he was resurrected from the dead! This is the KEY to understanding the correct sequence of events of what happened to Jesus our Savior!
Another reason why the traditional teaching that Jesus died on a Friday afternoon and was resurrected on Sunday morning CANNOT be correct is:
- “Jesus’ statement that He would rise three days after He had died is acutely significant. According to Jewish law, to be declared legally dead, a person had to be dead for three FULL days or more. Therefore, if Jesus had risen from the dead before 3 PM on the afternoon of Nisan 17, a weekly Sabbath (Saturday), He would not have been considered legally dead. As a result, His return to life would not have been considered a true resurrection from the dead.
- “If He had been crucified on a Friday and restored to life on Sunday morning at sunrise (what Christianity calls Easter morning), His death WOULD NOT have been “valid” since only two nights and one day would have passed between Friday sunset and Sunday morning. In order for His death to be publicly recognized and acknowledged, it was necessary for Jesus to remain in the grave for three nights and three days before He was raised from the dead.” (Holy Bible in Its Original Order, Appendix J)
The FIRST Sabbath after Jesus died
After sunset on a Tuesday (the day of Passover began at sunset and ended at sunset the next day) Jesus ate the Christian Passover with his disciples (Matthew 26:20, Mark 14:17, Luke 22:14-15). Jesus is crucified and finally dies at 3 p.m. the next day (Wednesday). Since work was allowed on the Passover day, people used it to prepare for (which is why the Bible calls it “preparation day”) the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (an annual High Sabbath where no work was allowed – Leviticus 23:6-7). In the year Jesus died, 30 A.D., the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread began at SUNSET on Wednesday. Since there was only three hours between the time Jesus died and the start of the Feast at sunset (6 p.m.), his body was quickly taken off the cross and placed in a tomb:
- “Now evening was coming, and since it was a preparation (that is, the day before a Sabbath), Joseph of Arimathea, an esteemed member of the council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God, came; and he went in to Pilate with boldness and requested the body of Jesus. ” (Mark 15:42-43, Holy Bible in Its Original Order)
- “Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a HIGH DAY), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away . . . Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus . . . Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby. ” (John 19:31, 38, 41-42, NKJV)
- “Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man . . . This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before. That day was THE PREPARATION, and the Sabbath drew near.” (Luke 23:50, 52-54, NKJV)
The SECOND Sabbath after Jesus died
The Bible states that after the annual Sabbath known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread had ended (on sunset Thursday), three women went to buy spices for Jesus’ body:
- “Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. ” (Mark 16:1).
After buying what was needed for Jesus’ body the women spent the rest of Friday preparing the spices. When the Saturday Sabbath (the fourth of the Ten Commandments) started at sunset Friday the women rested:
- “Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. ” (Luke 23:56)
Mary Magdalene and another Mary go to observe Jesus’ tomb late on the weekly Sabbath:
- “Now late on the Sabbath, as the first day of the weeks was drawing near, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to observe the sepulcher.” (Matthew 28:1, Holy Bible in Its Original Order)
When was Jesus resurrected from the dead?
Some Scriptures speak of Jesus’ resurrection “after three days” (Mark 8:31; Matthew 27:63). Other verses say “in three days” (Matthew 26:61, 27:40; Mark 14:58, 15:29; John 2:19-20). Still others speak of “the third day” (Mark 9:31, 10:34; Matthew 16:21, 17:23, 20:19, 27:64; Luke 9:22, 18:33, 24:7, 21, 46; Acts 10:40; 1Corinthians 15:4). Do the phrases contradict each other?
- “When we understand Jesus statements, we find that instead of being contradictory, they reveal the exact time that he was raised from the dead. Jesus made it clear that he would be raised AFTER He had been dead for three days. The other statements, “in three days” and “on the third day,” do not include the total time that he was dead but only the time that he was buried in the tomb. The Gospel accounts show that Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus closed the tomb just before sunset, three hours after Jesus died on the cross. Although he was in the tomb for EXACTLY three days and three nights (seventy-two hours), He was dead for a longer period than that. Thus He rose from the dead “after three days.” The difference between this statement and the statements “in three days” and “on the third day” is that these two statement refer to His burial “in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.” ” (Matthew 12:38-40, Holy Bible in Its Original Order) (Taken from: The Day Jesus the Christ Died, Chapter 6, emphasis added)
Jesus was resurrected from the dead at sunset Saturday which is three full days and nights (seventy-two hours) after he died and was put in the tomb. This fulfilled the sign of Jonah the prophet he gave in Matthew 12:38-40 and PROVED He was the TRUE Messiah to the Jews!
A closing thought explained
Some who wish to believe Jesus rose from the dead at SUNRISE on a Sunday morning point to a statement made in Luke 24. This statement is made on the first day of the week (Sunday) by two disciples who were discussing the death of Jesus as they walked toward a village called Emmaus. Sometime during their journey they meet a “stranger” who enters into their conversation — not knowing that the stranger was actually the resurrected Christ:
- “Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
- “And He said to them, ‘What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?’
- “Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, ‘Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?’ And He said to them, ‘What things?’
- “So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, BESIDES ALL THIS, TODAY IS THE THIRD DAY SINCE THESE THINGS HAPPENED. ” (Luke 24:13-21, NKJV)
Had Jesus been resurrected earlier in the day? NO, because:
- “Because this statement (Luke 24:21) was made on the first day of the week, many have incorrectly assumed that Jesus rose from the dead early Sunday morning. However, the Gospel accounts clearly show that Jesus had already risen from the dead before the women came to the tomb at sunrise (Luke 24:1). There is no question that Jesus was in the tomb for “three days and three nights” — beginning at sunset on Wednesday, Nisan 14, and ending at sunset on the weekly Sabbath, Nisan 17. Jesus rose at the end of three full days and three full nights, exactly as He had declared.
- “The problem with Luke 24:21, according to A. T. Robertson, is that the phrase “today is the third day” is an idiomatic expression — and is most difficult to translate into English (Word Pictures in the New Testament, s.v. Luke 24:21). Because the phrase is idiomatic, its actual meaning cannot be understood by a literal translation — which only serves to distort the true meaning. With this in mind, scholars and translators have studied how such idiomatic expressions were used by various writers of that era — such as the historian Josephus and others who used classical Greek. What they have discovered is that the idiom is an expression of completed time. In other words, “today is the third day” actually indicates “as of today, three days have already passed.” Berkley’s translation, for example, renders the phrase as “three days have already passed;” (The) Moffatt Bible Translation translates the phrase as “three days ago.” Both of these translations properly convey the idiom to show a period of time which has been completed.
- “Based on this information, a precise translation of Luke 24:21 would be: “But besides all these things, as of today, the third day has already passed since these things took place.”
- “Thus, Luke 24:21 in no way supports the teaching that Jesus was raised from the dead on the first day of the week at sunrise.” (Taken from: The Day Jesus the Christ Died, Appendix B)
There is nothing in the Bible to favor a Friday crucifixion of Jesus Christ or a Sunday sunrise resurrection from the dead. The Biblical record harmonizes with a Wednesday crucifixion and a Saturday sunset resurrection. Jesus was dead and in the grave for three days and three nights (72 hours total) and not for parts of three days.
We’re coming up on my favorite time of year… Spring. And it’s become even more special and exciting to me especially since I’ve been saved and since I’ve learned so much about this time of year historically and biblically. If you are like me, early in your Christian walk, you may have struggled (as I did) with Easter and what the bible teaches regarding Jesus and the Passion of Christ. I would encourage you to study and trust the word. His word is power and His Spirit. Trust in it.
Here are two links to a presentation put together by a dear friend, the late Brother Gary Amick about 6 years ago. Brother David Schwendemann uses this presentation to preach from… he was so impressed with it. If you have any trouble accessing the information, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here is the presentation from my message today:
What Time Is It – part 2 (PowerPoint 2003 Format)