CRUCIFIXION COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED OTHER THAN THURSDAY

Aristeo Canlas Fernando
Peace Crusader and Echo

On 2004 August 6, it came to my mind to check if the crucifixion of Jesus could have happened on any day other than Thursday.  I made a table like this:

Crucifixion & burial

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

1st day in tomb, high day

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Mon

2nd day in tomb

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tue

3rd day in tomb

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Discovery of empty tomb

Fri

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

The specifications are:
1.  Day after crucifixion was a high day and a Sabbath (John 19:31).
2.  Jesus was in the tomb for three days and three nights (Matthew 12:39-41).
3.  The tomb was discovered empty after three days and three nights.
4. The tomb was discovered empty on the first day of the week.
5.  Mary Magdalene et al. bought spices for the anointing of Jesus (Mark 16:1). The market should be open in order to do this buying.
6.  Shops are close during Sabbath.
7.  On the day before a Sabbath called Preparation Day, shops are open only in the morning.
8. On the fourth day after a person has been dead, he could have stunk, like what Martha said in John 11:39 regarding Lazarus.

If Jesus was crucified, died and was buried on a Monday, it could not be because:
1. Mary Magdalene, et al. could have bought the spices on Wednesday or Thursday when the shops were open after the high day Sabbath on Tuesday;
2. They could have gone to the tomb on these Wednesday or Thursday without having to wait for three days and three nights to pass; and
3. If they went to the tomb, was Wednesday, Thursday or Friday the first day of the week?

If Jesus was crucified, died and was buried on a Tuesday, it could not be because:
1. Mary Magdalene, et al. could have bought the spices on Thursday or Friday when the shops were open after the high day Sabbath on Wednesday;
2. They could have gone to the tomb on these Thursday or Friday without having to wait for three days and three nights to pass;
3. If they went to the tomb, was Thursday or Friday the first day of the week? And,
3.
Saturday was Sabbath day and they were not allowed to go to the tomb. They were supposed to be taking their rest for no work is permitted on Sabbath day.

If Jesus was crucified, died and was buried on a Wednesday, it could not be because:
1. Mary Magdalene, et al. could have bought the spices on Friday morning when the shops were open, the second day that Jesus had been buried and after the high day Sabbath on Thursday;
2. They could have gone to the tomb on this Friday instead of waiting for three days and three nights to pass; and
3. If they went to the tomb that Friday, was Friday the first day of the week?

Sunday would have been the day after three days and three nights that Jesus would have been in the tomb. Sunday is also the first day of the week of the Jews. But why did they not go that Friday if Jesus was crucified, died and was buried on a Wednesday?

If Jesus was crucified, died and was buried on a Thursday, it could be because:
1. Friday was the high day Sabbath and they could not go to the tomb in observance of this Sabbath;
2. Saturday was the weekly Saturday Sabbath of the Jews and they could not go to the tomb in observance of this Sabbath;
3. Sunday was only the third day that Jesus was in the tomb and He had not completed the three days and three nights that He should be in the heart of the earth (Matthew 12:39-41) before resurrecting;
4. The shops were open on Sunday. Since it was summer and the days are hot, shops were open from 6 am to 12 noon; closed from 12 noon to 4 pm; and reopened from 4 pm to 7 pm, after the sun had set. Mary Magdalene, et al. were able to buy the spices only after their Sabbath when the sun had set. This is the window of opportunity for them to do this buying. They could not have done this in March or April when the shops were open from sunrise to sundown because they were observing their Sabbath until sundown. The shops would have already closed after their Sabbath then. They could have bought the spices and could have gone to the tomb this Sunday but they were not able to because it was their Sabbath. Even though they were able to buy the spices after their Sabbath, they did not go to the tomb because it would have been dark already.

This observance of a Sunday Sabbath of the followers of Jesus or the Way is one of the discoveries made in the study to check if August 17 that the Holy Spirit revealed is true or not.

If Jesus was crucified, died and was buried on a Friday, it could not be because:
1. On Sunday, Mary Magdalene, et al. could have gone to the shops to buy the spices for it was market day and could have gone to the tomb afterwards and this was only the second day that Jesus would have been dead since His crucifixion. Sunday was also the first day of the week of the Jews. But why did they not do this? Why did they have to wait for three days and three nights to pass before going to the tomb?

The next day, Saturday, would have been the weekly Saturday Sabbath of the Jews and would also have been a high day.

If Jesus was crucified, died and was buried on a Saturday, it could not be because:
1. This is the Jewish weekly Saturday Sabbath. They should have been resting and no work had to be done on this day, much so, crucifying a man to his death.

If Jesus was crucified, died and was buried on a Sunday, it could not be because:
1. Mary Magdalene, et al. could have bought the spices on Tuesday or Wednesday when the shops were open after the high day Sabbath on Monday;
2. They could have gone to the tomb on any of these days without having to wait for three days and three nights to pass; and
3. If they went to the tomb, was Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday the first day of the week?

The Holy Spirit revealed that Jesus was crucified on August 17, 1 BC. This date turned out to be a Thursday in the proleptic Gregorian calendar making His revelation correct.  In addition, the high day that Apostle John mentioned (John 19:31) turned out to be the New Moon Festival of Elul 1, 3760 equivalent to August 18, 1 BC. The results of the study is at http://www.geocities.com/peacecrusader888/crucifyidx.htm .

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Created: 2004 August 6 First uploaded: 2007 September 27 Last updated: 2007 September 27 Revision 0

 

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