Friday? – or it could have been as early as Tuesday sunset?
Friday: Day of Jesus’ death?
Whichever day you chose for Jesus’ death by crucifixion the evening before was His last Passover meal with His disciples followed by six trials which lasted through the night into the following day which was the crucifixion day. Passover was always celebrated on the 15th of Nisan using the Jewish calendar which starts at sunset.
Some say the crucifixion was on Friday others either Wednesday, Thursday or even as early as a Tuesday and they also disagree which year starting with AD26 to AD39.
One Jewish Pastor said Passover Sabbath started Wednesday sunset. The Passover lamb had to be inspected for Four days and if Jesus died on Friday that would make it 6 days.
Some commentators say Jesus Death could have been as early as Tuesday or Wednesday sunset because the year Jesus died there was a special or high Sabbath one or two days before the normal weekly Sabbath.
The word as used by the Jews means rest. They had weekly Sabbaths and some special Sabbaths that could be any day of the week.
Matthew 21:1-28:20, Mark 13:1-16:20, Luke 19:1-24:53, John 11:1-21-25
Jesus was in the tomb three days and three nights.
The Hebrew day start’s at dusk, so a Hebrew day can overlap 2 Roman days, depending on the time of day):
Saturday was the triumphal entry: April 6th and 10 Nisan (at dusk)
Sunday the fig tree was cursed: April 7th and 11 Nisan (at dusk)
Monday the conspirators counseled: April 8th and 12 Nisan (at dusk)
Tuesday was the Last Passover: April 9th and 13 Nisan (at dusk)
Wednesday was the Crucifixion: April 10th and 14 Nisan (at dusk)
Thursday was the Feast of Unleavened Bread: April 11th and 15 Nisan (at dusk)
Friday the women prepared the spices and so forth: April 12th and 16 Nisan (at dusk)
Saturday they all rested: April 13th and 17 Nisan (at dusk)
Sunday morning the woman went to the tomb: April 14th and still 17 Nisan (until dusk, when it became 18 Nisan)
Read: Matthew 28:1 Sabbath here in Greek is Sabbaths.
Also, read John 19:31 “and the next day was to be a special Sabbath.”
There are the normal weekly Sabbath and also a small number of Special Sabbaths that could be any day of the week and “The Feast of Unleavened Bread” is one of these special Sabbaths.
The word Sabbath in Hebrew means rest.
Other modules in this unit:
- Zacchaeus, the tax collector, waited for Jesus up a tree
- Blind Bartimaeus eyes healed, Mark 10:46-52
- Mary – First of two anointings by two different women
- The Triumphal Entry
- Palm tree leaves and cloaks
- Jesus taught in parables – The Lamps of the Ten Bridesmaids
- Jesus predicts His crucifixion
- Jesus anointed at Bethany by an unknown woman
- Sandal, Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
- Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
- The upper room discourse, Jesus comforts His Disciples
- Jesus spoke three prayers of intercession: one for Himself; one for his disciples; and one for all believers
- Jesus prays for Himself
- Soldiers came at night to arrest Jesus
- Peter cuts off an ear
- Jesus Arrested
- Jesus was on trial six times
- First trial – Annas the Father-in-law of Caiaphas the High Priest
- 2nd Trial – Jesus arrested and taken to the High Priest Caiaphas
- Friday?: day of Jesus’ death?
- The Cock Crow – Peter Disowned Jesus
- Third Trial of Jesus before The Sanhedrin
- 4th Trial – Jesus before Pontius Pilate for the first time
- 5th Trial, Jesus before Herod Antipas the Governor of Galilee and Perea
- 6th trial – Jesus in front of Pontius Pilate for the second time
- Jesus, the Crucifixion walk
- The Cross or the Crucifixion
- Thick darkness Darkness
- The Roman Centurion
- Jesus is Buried
- Roman Soldiers guard the Tomb
- They made sure by sealing the tomb
- Feast Unleavened Bread
- Jesus stays in the tomb three days and three nights
- Firstfuits or Resurrection Sunday
- The open empty tomb or the Resurrection
- He is not Here, He has risen – The Resurrection
- Jesus Has Risen Indeed – The Resurrection
- Come See Where He Lay
- Peter Looks – He has Risen Indeed
- On the Road to Emmaus
- The end of the first week
- Jesus makes a special appearance for Thomas
- The First Sunday or 7 days after the Firstfuits or Resurrection of Jesus
- Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
- The end of the second week
- The Second Sunday after Firstfuits or Resurrection Sunday
- The end of the third week
- The Third Sunday after Firstfuits or Resurrection Sunday
- The end of the fourth week
- The Fourth Sunday after Firstfuits or Resurrection Sunday
- The end of the 5th week
- The Fifth Sunday or 35 days after feast of Firstfuits or the resurrection of Jesus
- Ascension Day – Back to Heaven for Jesus
- Jesus was seen by over 500 people
- The end of the 6th week
- The Sixth Sunday or 42 days from Firstfuits or Resurrection Sunday
- The end of the 7th week
- Pentecost Fire
- Questions and Answers 1-15
- Questions and Answers 16-30
- Questions and Answers 31-45
- Questions and Answers 46-61
- Background Information – Easter
- Resources: Easter or Palm Sunday To Pentecost
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