I suppose, since I became a Christian (born again July 31, 1975), I have heard a lot of different opinions concerning different areas and events of the Bible. Of all the topics and points of interest, none has intrigued me as much as the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As you read this study there is one main point that all Christians will agree on. It may not be the day of the week or the hour of the day Jesus died, but we will all agree to the fact that Jesus did arise from the dead and is currently at the right hand of God the Father. You might be a religious person, yet not believe Jesus arose from the dead. That belief would not negate you from being religious, but it would negate a profession of one being a Christian. If a person believes in his heart and confesses with his mouth that God raised Jesus from the dead, he shall be saved. (Romans 10:9) With this in mind, I want to guide you into some of the scriptures concerning the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the most difficult things for me to understand (being raised in our western culture, and religious background) are the Jewish Holy Days, Feast, and Laws. Therefore it took the Holy Spirit to show me how the puzzle pieces fit together. One of the pieces of the puzzle was how Jesus could have been crucified on Friday and resurrected on Sunday and still been in the grave for three days and three nights. All of my Sunday School literature since I was a child has always eluded to these days. I’ve looked into literature in several Protestant Denominations and they all teach the same days of Crucifixion and Resurrection. As I prayed and studied, I wondered why no one ever elected to do more research on this teaching (could it possibly be wrong?). I suppose that in our western culture and Bible understanding that when we heard of the Sabbath, we always assumed it was referring to Saturday (the seventh day, the day of rest). Therefore if Jesus Christ was crucified the day before the Sabbath, then it had to be Friday. So I feel it was with this mind set that we begin teaching a Friday crucifixion. Not regarding the scriptures Jesus taught three days and three nights would the Son of Man be in the heart of the Earth. “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth” (Matthew 12:40).
I wouldn’t be disrespectful of our Elders and surely not my Christian heritage, because I am so grateful of my ancestors, who preached and taught the Word of God with the understanding they had. The days, hours or weeks of the crucifixion are not going to determine your eternal destiny. But when Paul wrote to Timothy in his second letter (II Timothy 2:15), “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (KJV) I would speculate that...