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Why Good Friday? Is This The Day That Jesus Died?

Why Good Friday? Is This The Day That Jesus Died?


Most Christians all over the world are commemorating today as the day that Jesus died on the cross.

However, there's an error somewhere. When the women went to anoint Jesus' body before sunrise on the first day of the week (Sunday), he was nowhere to be found.

So we establish that Jesus' resurrection occured before sunrise, on Sunday. That still leaves the question of why we commemorate his death on a Friday. Jesus did say that as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so would he be in the heart of the earth. If that is the case, then how do we get Friday as his day of crucifixion?

It is impossible. There is something else to consider.

Genesis 1:5 states that the evening and the morning were the first day. Evening and morning. Has anyone ever noticed how the Jewish people commemorate the Sabbath beginning at sundown on Friday?This means that the accounting of days for Jesus' being buried, and thus his resurrection, does not start on Sunday at sunrise, but rather on Saturday at sundown, because that's when Sunday actually began...

So if we believe what Jesus said, and count backwards three evenings and mornings, then we arrive not at Friday, nor even at Thursday, but at Wednesday at sundown for when he was buried, because Wednesday at sundown actually begins Thursday.


Which means he was crucified in the middle of the week, on a Wednesday.


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Comment balloon 4 commentsWilliam James Walton Sr. • March 29 2013 08:49PM


William, I think using the current days of the week are more for commemorating the death and Resurrection of Jesus, and that for many folks, these days being historically correct is simply not important.

Same as Christmas.  The 25th of December is more of a "chosen commemorative day" than one that is actually historically correct.  Some say it might be closer to December 21, but that was already being celebrated as the Winter Solstice.  Some folks use January 6th.  I think it is more the thought that counts.  Just my opinion.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 8 years ago

Karen Anne makes some interesting points between you  William & Karen Anne you could both make good politicians:)) re-writing and re-interpeting History:)LOL now I have a question so what difference does it make in the big picture?:)) None that I can think of... Happy Easter to both of you!

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 8 years ago

William, I do know the "rising" was the first day of the week (Sunday). Some say Christ was crucified Friday 3 pm, the day ended 6 pm, day one, then Saturday day two ending 6 pm and on the third day, dawn Sunday he rose. We can get all muddled in our thinking counting the days though you are right. Don't let this bother you in the least. The point is HE rose. Happy Easter.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago


     I have asked many Christians to explain how Jesus words were fulfilled about spending three days and three nights in the grave. I do believe Jesus died on Wednesday and was raised on Saturday. After all the tomb was clearly empty on Sunday morning. He had to be taken down and buried before the sabbath began however that could clearly be the high sabbath of passover rather than the weekly sabbath which was saturday.

Posted by Larry Riggs, GRI, SRS Your Frederick County Specialist (Century 21 Redwood) almost 8 years ago