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Thursday, May 28, 2020


“…3 days and 3 nights…”

Apr 6, 2020

To the editor:
“The Son of Man will be 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth…” are the recorded words of Jesus of Nazareth (Matt 12:40).
Jesus was crucified at the beginning of Passover time on Preparation Day before a HIGH Sabbath (John 19:31).
There are 2 HIGH Sabbaths appointed for that week. The first, Nison 15, is the feast Day of Unleavened Bread. The second, is Nison 21, finalizing the festival of Unleavened Bread.
Jewish law required “…bodies not remain on the cross on the Sabbath.” According to the gospel of John this burial had to be done before the HIGH Sabbath began (John 19:31) at sunset in Jerusalem (probably around 6 p.m.). The first HIGH Sabbath always begins at sundown following Nisan 14 (Leviticus 23:4-8). Our weekday name, Mon-Fri, etc. were foreign to these appointed holy days.
This background info for the Holy Week opens a timeframe of 3 days and 3 nights for Jesus's body to be buried in the garden tomb prior to the first day of the week, known as Easter Sunday. His comment, “Destroy this temple and in 3 days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19) further underscores His counting in real time.
May your readers have a Blessed Passover and a Happy Easter/Resurrection Sunday.

Michelle Sackett Schroeder

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