Was Christ Crucified on “Good Wednesday”?

Posted: February 26, 2022 in Bible, Christ, Christian, Crucifixion, GOD, Israel, religion

The first time I listened to this theory, I was skeptical and I remained skeptical until I diagramed it out on paper.

One thing we have to remember is the Jewish day begins at nightfall (generally 6pm), instead of midnight, which is the western way of thinking. I also am going with the theory that the scriptures are talking about full 24 hour days, for in all other area of the bible we find extreme precision of the facts.

We know that Christ died about the ninth hour, or about three PM. They then had to lower the cross to the ground, remove the spikes holding him to the wood, remove him from the cross and carry the body to a place where they prepared him for burial. Even assuming they were fast and judicial in these tasks, it is not likely that he was placed in the tomb and the tomb was sealed before six PM.

Even if you initially reject this idea as a bunch hokeum, just bear with me continue with an open mind.

OK, here is my math. Below I have laid out a timeline, assuming a Wednesday crucifixion with nights starting at 6PM with Christ being crucified on Wednesday and placed in the tomb in the beginning hours of the new day, Thursday (Wednesday night, to our way of thinking).

Christ died about 3PM and then His body was removed and prepared for burial and placement in the tomb.

NIGHT

1 1st Thursday (which generally begins about 6PM) the Feast of Unleavened Bread
2 2nd Friday
3 3rd Saturday (Sabbath)

DAY

1 1st Thursday (which began about 6AM) Feast of Unleavened Bread
2 2nd Friday
3 3rd Saturday (Sabbath)

That would mean he rose from the tomb before sundown on the Sabbath (and remember sundown on the Sabbath is actually the beginning of the next day, Sunday), or sometime after sundown (assuming the count is full days and nights)….and that works. This was the first time I had put it down on paper to look at.

The issue I was having (as I suspect many have) is mentally we start counting with the day and discount the fact that Christ would have been placed in the tomb and starting the clock on the first night. Using that simple fact means that I have proven to myself that Wednesday was the logical day that he was taken out and slain. A Thursday crucifixion would mean Sunday would be day three and inferring full days, that doesn’t work either because the scripture tells us Mary saw him early on Sunday.

Friday doesn’t work at all because that would mean He was in the tomb one full night and one full day (according to the Jewish calendar).

God Bless, Jim

Renewed 2-25-22

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s