CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS: A WEDNESDAY, A THURSDAY OR A FRIDAY?
Below was what I posted on 2003 March 4 when I thought that Jesus was crucified on a Friday, the eve of the Saturday Sabbath. The Holy Spirit revealed a crucifixion on August 17. From one of His sermons called “Panambitan” or “Pleading”, I deduced that He was referring to year 1 BC when Jesus was crucified. I was insistent that the crucifixion date, August 17, 1 BC, was a Friday. However, Karl Palmen, an active participant in the Calendar Discussion Group called CALNDR-L, said that the date was a Thursday. When I posted the post below, I was on the impression that the date was a Friday. However, later that year, after much pondering, I tried August 17, 1 BC as Thursday, and presto, things came into place.
The title before was “Crucifixion of Jesus: a Wednesday or a Friday?”. I changed the title and added “a Thursday”. As the Holy Spirit revealed, Jesus was crucified on August 17. The year: 1 BC. The date was a Thursday in the proleptic Gregorian calendar. The high day referred to was the New Moon Festival on Elul 1, 3760 (John 19:31). The New Moon Festival was a Sabbath before, but is now considered a minor festival.
The results of the study that I did is at http://www.geocities.com/peacecrusader888/crucifyidx.htm. Your comments are most welcome.
Recently, I also found out that the crucifixion of Jesus cannot occur on any day of the week except a Thursday. The study can be found at http://www.geocities.com/peacecrusader888/crucifixionday.htm.
I apologize for the error that I committed during the early 2003. It was corrected later that year. So to put the record straight: Jesus was crucified on a Thursday. The date: August 17, 1 BC in the proleptic Gregorian calendar.
There are those who claim
that Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday. Is this
correct? I don't think so.
Let us study what the Bible says (all quoted from KJV). The gospels of
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all acknowledged that when Jesus was crucified,
it was a "preparation day" for next day's Sabbath day.
Matthew 27:62 - "Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation,
the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate."
Mark 15:42-43 - "And now when the even was come, because it was the
preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, an
honorable couselor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went
in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus."
Luke 23:54-55 - "And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
And the women also, which came with him from
beheld the sepulcher, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and
prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the
John 19:31 - "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the
bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that
sabbath day was a high day,) besought PIlate that their legs might be
broken, and that they might be taken away."
John 19:42 - "There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews'
preparation day; for the sepulcher was nigh at hand."
When is the Jewish Sabbath? The Jewish Sabbath (from Hebrew Shabbat, "to
rest") is observed throughout the year every seventh day of the week --
Saturday -- in the Jewish calendar. It is in commemoration of the original
seventh day when God rested after He created the world (Exodus 20:11). God
commanded the children of
it to the Lord by abstaining from business and work, and engaging in worship
and study at home and in the synagogue. It starts from sunset of Friday
until sunset of Saturday.
In the Ten Commandments, it is only the Jewish holy day of Sabbath that is
commanded to be observed (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15).
To get ready to keep the Sabbath (Saturday), the Jews make preparations on
the eve (Friday, the sixth day of the week); hence the day is called
Preparation Day. Clearly, it was Preparation Day when Jesus was crucified
as cited in the above verses from the Bible. And Preparation Day is a
Friday. Jesus was therefore crucified on a Friday.
You may read more about this in "High Day Proves When Crucifixion Happened"
God’s peace reign in our hearts now and forever.
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