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William Andrew Dillard
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE???
The title does not intend to copy the infamous remark of the former Secretary of State in her report to Congress about the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, but to the “Good Friday” fabrication of major Catholic and Protestant religions over the timing of the crucifixion of Jesus. Let us consider the facts as the Holy Word reveals them.
There is no clearer basis for figuring the time than two indisputable references in the Bible. The first is the statement that Jesus made that He would be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights, Matthew 12:40. The designation of day and night necessitates a solar day of 24 hours. The second reference is that the pre-dawn visitors to His tomb on the first day of the week found it already empty, John 20:1. From these two references safe calculations may be made. It should be kept in mind that the references were not made from the timing of Jesus’ death on the cross, but from His entombment.
Observing those points of basis for calculating the time, and respecting the Jewish designation for the beginning of a day at 6:00 p.m. instead of midnight, the following appears to be correct: Jesus was crucified on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. He released His spirit on the cross at 3:00 p.m. It was sometime after that when soldiers intending to break his legs, hastening His death found that he was already dead. Due to the next day being a special holy day in the Passover week, the Jews wanted all the bodies off the crosses and entombed before 6:00 p.m., the beginning of the new day. Some time was consumed in preparing Jesus body for burial, and getting permission for His entombment in the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea. It is thus calculated that all these necessities were taken care of in the short time after Jesus’ death and the 6:00 p.m. deadline.
Thus, it is calculated that Jesus was entombed immediately before 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and remained entombed until some unknown point in time after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. The women who came to the tomb while it was still dark on Sunday morning John 20:1,found that He was not there; He had already resurrected. These calculations do not make a play on pieces of a day, but fulfill literally the clear prophecy of Jesus about Himself; three days and three nights.
What difference does it make? Not much, except one is right and another is wrong. It is never right to be wrong! See what happens when a falsehood is accepted and propagated as truth? If this does not matter, why should anything else matter? We must ultimately believe the Bible or simply whatever sinners fabricate!
William Andrew Dillard
PLEASE TELL ME
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).
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole,” Acts 4:10.
“Dead man walking,” is the chilling phrase said in the movie The Green Mile whenever a death row inmate was making his last walk down the corridor to the chamber of death. This meant he was alive but dead. Presently, there are dead people walking around everyday. They are dead in their trespasses and sins. They, in truth, can be raised to new life—Jesus is their only hope.
The account of a crippled man healed in the name of Jesus begins in Acts chapter 3. The people should be happy with this outcome but some were not. They were jealous. They did not know the healer and what He could do for their own lives. There is no disputing that Jesus makes a difference in the lives of people He touches. Believers must be busy proclaiming His life giving, life changing salvation to men, women and children.
Troubled, broken sinners need the Savior to set them free and give them meaning and purpose to life. We must tell them about Jesus because He is the remedy for sin and death. We must point them to Him by our actions and words in our everyday life. We must show and tell them about Jesus—He is risen that all might have new life!
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).