Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bunnies, Colored Eggs, and Counting to Three

When was Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected? Did He really die on Good Friday and come back to life on Easter Sunday?



Jesus Christ said He would be in the grave for three days and three nights. How can you get 3 days & 3 nights between Good Friday afternoon to Easter Sunday morning?

What is the true origin of Easter? What do chocolate rabbits, colored eggs, hot cross buns, and new clothes have to do with the resurrection of our Lord? How could this have anything to do with Jesus Christ when this custom seems to predate Christ’s birth?







The Chronology of Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection



Tuesday: Jesus Christ ate an early-evening Passover meal with His disciples (at the beginning of Nisan 14, the first month of the Hebrew calendar) and instituted the New Covenant symbols (Matthew 26:26-28). Jesus was then betrayed by Judas, arrested and during the night brought before the high priest.



Wednesday: Jesus was crucified and died around 3 p.m. (Matthew 27:46-50). This was the preparation day for the annual, not weekly, Sabbath, which began that evening (Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:31). Jesus' body was placed in the tomb at twilight (Matthew 27:57-60).


Thursday: This was the high-day Sabbath, the first day of Unleavened Bread (John 19:31; Leviticus 23:4-7). It is described as the day after the Day of Preparation (Matthew 27:62).


Friday: The high-day Sabbath now past, the women bought and prepared spices for anointing Jesus' body before resting on the weekly Sabbath day, which began at sunset (Mark 16:1; Luke 23:56).


Saturday: The women rested on the weekly Sabbath, according to the Fourth Commandment (Luke 23:56; Exodus 20:8-11). Jesus rose around sunset, exactly three days and three nights (72 hours) after burial, fulfilling the sign of Jonah and authenticating Jesus' Messiahship.


Sunday: The women brought the prepared spices early in the morning while it was still dark (Luke 24:1; John 20:1). Jesus had already risen (Matthew 28:1-6; Mark 16:2-6; Luke 24:2-3; John 20:1). He did not rise on Sunday morning, but at sunset the day before.

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