William Andrew Dillard

Easter Sunday, 2016 has come and gone, but it evoked questions in the minds of some who would like more information. This is an attempt to provide such for further thought.

Q. Exactly what day of the week was Jesus crucified, and how can one know for sure?
Q Exactly when was the vail of the Temple torn into two pieces, and just what is that supposed to mean?
Q. Exactly when did the earthquake occur in connection with the crucifixion of Jesus?
Q. Exactly when did the great number of saints arise from the graves to be seen in Jerusalem?
Q. Exactly why did Jesus forbid Mary to touch Him near the garden tomb, yet invited the disciples to freely feel his body?

To answer the first question, addressing the day of Jesus’ crucifixion must acknowledge the considerable controversy in the religious world about the specific day. The popular (Catholic) position is that it occurred on Friday. Others say Thursday, and still others believe it was Wednesday. This writer belongs to the Wednesday group. But think, and do the math. Jesus said in comparison to Jonah’s stay in the fish belly, that He would be in the grave three days and three nights. He could have just said three days or He could have just said three nights which would fuel confusion. But He said three days and three nights. He was buried near 6:00p.m., the beginning of a new day. Jewish time reckons a solar day from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00.p.m. Thus what we could call Wednesday night, Thursday night and Friday night would constitute three nights. Then, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday would constitute three days. He was already gone before daylight on Sunday morning, indicating His resurrection was sometime after 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening, the beginning of the first day of the week. Of course, this understanding is derived from the belief that Jesus literally meant what He said when specifically mentioning three days and three nights. So, it goes without controversy that He was risen very early on the first day of the week. Just start there and do the math in subtraction. Wherever the previous three days and three nights take you, that will be the discovery of the day of the crucifixion. It may seem a small matter in light of His glorious resurrection, but the Word is still the Word, and truth is still truth regardless of its denial by some. (To be continued).

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