Why Jesus died on a Friday, and not Wednesday

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What Day of the Week and What Year Did Jesus
Die?

Jewish
Year

Year

Julian

Gregorian

Day
of Week

Nisan 14, 3787

27
AD

April 9

April 7

Wednesday

Nisan 14, 3788

28
AD

March 29

March 27

Monday

Nisan 14, 3789

29
AD

April 16

April 14

Saturday

Nisan
14,
3790

30 AD

April
5

April
3

Wednesday

Nisan 14, 3791

31
AD

March 26

March 24

Monday

Nisan 14, 3792

32
AD

April 14

April 12

Monday

Nisan
14,
3793

33 AD

April
3

April
1

Friday

Nisan 14, 3794

34
AD

March 22

March 20

Monday

Nisan 14, 3795

35
AD

April 11

April 9

Monday

Nisan 14, 3796

36
AD

March 30

March 28

Friday

Nisan 14, 3797

37
AD

March 20

March 18

Wednesday

Source for the above dates: http://www.abdicate.net/

http://RosettaCalendar.com

NASA confirms that the New Moon occurred March 19th, in 33AD, which gives us a Friday Passover April 3, in 33 AD (Julian Calendar / Dates before 1582 on NASA’s site are based on the Julian Calendar).

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/phase/phases0001.html

First let’s look at the case for a
Wednesday death in 30 A.D.

A. Herod died in 4 B.C.

B. Christ was “about thirty years of age” Luke 3:23

C. Christ’s ministry lasted three and a half years

D. Jesus spoke of being in the grave for three days
and three nights Matthew 12:40

E. Jesus rose on a Sunday

All of these do add up  to the possibility that Christ died on a Wednesday in the year 30 AD – accept for one major problem!

Was Jesus exactly thirty years old in Luke 3:23?

A. Joseph appeared before Pharaoh at the age of  thirty Genesis 41:46

B. Leviticus Priests began their ministry at the age of thirty until
the age of fifty, Numbers 4:3, Numbers 4:35, Numbers 4:39, Numbers 4:43, Numbers
4:47

Christ was not a Levitical priest; rather he was  made after the order of Melchizedek. The above are merely examples of the age  thirty in the Bible. There is nothing which would warrant that beyond all doubt  the age thirty was intended to be prophetic about the Messiah, however there is  a clear similarity which someone could draw upon. However it is not 100% conclusive.

The Greek New Testament in Luke 3:23 for the  English word “thirty” literally means, “the decade of thirty.” I am currently  37 years old, and it could be rightly said using the exact same language that my age is ‘about the decade of thirty.” After all, that is the decade of my life span  that I am now living in. The literal meaning of the Greek is non-specific. In  other words, it is not saying that Christ was exactly thirty years old rather that He was in his thirties. Or literally “about the decade of thirty.”

That  means it remains a possibility that Christ died on a Friday in 33 AD as well.

Most Christian scholars accept Friday in the  year 33AD as the day Christ was crucified. With that said, a majority vote is  by no means the final vote.

Seventy Weeks of Daniel 9

 

A side note before we continue: The information  I have just shared conclusively proves that 31AD was not the year Jesus died as Adventists suppose. There is no guess work when it comes to the Jewish  calendar. Rather it is a matter of simple mathematics. They have followed the  same systematic calendar for thousands of years. The only room for discrepancy  lay with the Karaite Jews, which are Jews that do not accept rabbinical  traditions that live abroad. During the Dark Ages the Karaite Jews that lived in the further parts of the world had to guess as to the date of the Jewish Holidays. However the Rabbinical Jews did not. During the 19thcentury the Karaite Jews updated their calendar harmonizing it with the Rabbinical Jewish system. Ever since the Karaite Jews updated their calendar with the rabbinical calendar, they have been identical in every way. The dates given at the beginning of this article are based on the long standing Rabbinical Jewish Calendar which has been intact and unquestioned for thousands of years.

 

Now back to our study…

The Case for a Friday Death

Christ died during the Passover.

The day Christ died was called the
“Preparation Day.”

1. And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,  Mark 15:42

2. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. Luke 23:54

3. 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 an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and  that they might be taken away. John 19:31

4. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. John 19:42

A. The very Sabbath in question had just ended when Jesus had risen from the dead.

Mark 16:1-2 And when  the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and  Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2 And  very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the  sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

There can be no question about the Sabbath, in this context, that it was BOTH the 7th day weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbath of the Passover.. The combination of the weekly and the annual culminating on the exact same day is what made this a “High Sabbath.”

Leviticus 23:5-8 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. 7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

A. The Passover was on the 14th day of Nisan every year.

B. On the 15th and the 22nd of Nisan each year an annual Sabbath was held.

C. Christ died on the 14th of Nisan, and the following was a Sabbath regardless of ehther or not it fell on the 7th day of the week. Which means this could have been the Passover Sabbath exclusively accept for the fact that the day Christ rose was the first day of the week, and that the Sabbath in question had just ended, making it BOTH a 7th day weekly Sabbath as well as the Passover Sabbath. That is why it is called a “High Sabbath.”

Mark 15:42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day  before the sabbath,

A few verses later

Mark 16:1-2 And when  the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and  Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2 And very early in the morning the first day of  the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

The Sabbath in question is the day before the first day of the week, which of course is the 7th day weekly Sabbath.

Further proof of this is found with the women and their desire to prepare the body of Christ with ointments and perfumes.

The narrative of the gospels prove
Christ died on a Friday

The day that Jesus died these women desired to prepare the body of Christ but could not. Had the Sabbath in question been the 15th of Nisan’s annual Passover Sabbath exclusively the women could have returned on Friday to anoint the body of Christ, but we find nothing of the sort, rather they waited until the first day of the week.

Luke 23:54-56 And that  day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. 55 And the women also, which  came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how  his body was laid. 56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and  rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

The very next verse…

Now upon the first day  of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre,  bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. Luke  24:1

Compare Luke 2353-56; 24:1 with Mark 16:1,2

Mark 16:1-2 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

Now let’s look at Passover week in 30 AD

Wednesday: PASSOVER

Thursday: PASSOVER  SABBATH

Friday: Jewish Preperation Day, and also 2 day of the feast of unleavened bread which was NOT A SABBATH at all

Saturday: WEEKLY  SABBATH

Sunday: First day  of the week.

If Christ had died on a Wednesday, the women could have returned on Friday to anoint the body of Christ. This was something they desperately wanted to do. There was no restrictions against doing so on Friday.
During the 7 day feast of Unleavened Bread which lasted from the 15th-21rst of Nisan each year, only the first day and the seventh day of the feast were Sabbaths. The second through the sixth days of Unleavened Bread were not Sabbaths, unless they fell on the weekly 7th day Sabbath.

Chronology of the Gospel Narrative

A. Christ died on Passover. It was the Preparation Day, the day before the Sabbath.

B. Women desire to prepare the body of Christ with ointments, but could not because the Sabbath drew nigh.

C. The women return as soon as the Sabbath was over, on the first day of the week.

Conclusion: The Sabbath the women rested on was the 7th day weekly Sabbath, which means that the day Christ died had to be on a Friday. The only year that supports a Friday crucifixion was the year 33AD!

For the reasons I have shared in this article, I reject both the Wednesday crucifixion theory, as well as the 31AD crucifixion year theory of the Adventists. If you still believe the Wednesday, crucifixion theory we can still be friends, and I am happy to listen to your evidence. But you would have to explain why the women did not return on Friday to anoint the body of Christ. Keep in mind that in a year that Passover falls on Wednesday, tht neither Friday, nor Sunday of that week are Sabbaths, and either Friday or Sunday were perfectly appropriate days to return and anoint Christ’s body. Both Friday and Sunday in this example, of a year when Passover fell on a Wednesday, would BOTH be included in the 7 day feast of unleavened bread. Besides the Bible only gives one chronology of the days surrounding the death and resurrection of Christ, and that is…

A. The Preparation Day,

B. then the Sabbath,

C. and lastly the first day of the week.

No extra days are mentioned.

In closing, isn’t it ironic, that if Christ did indeed die  on April 1, 33 AD, that the hole world calls that day, “April Fool’s Day!” No  doubt, Satan hates the date Christ died!

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1 Comment

  • Some critics like to point out that the Last Supper took place on Passover in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and that in John’s Gospel Jesus died on Passover. To the laymen looking at these verses it really can create a real problem.

    This is a simple problem to solve. The Jewish day starts at SUNSET, not midnight. Thursday night when the sunset it became the 14th day of Nisan. So the Last Supper was eaten on the 14th of Nisan, so Matthew, Mark and Luke are correct.

    John’s Gospel says that the High Priest did not want to defile himself so that he would still be able to eat the Passover. That was Friday morning. Let’s remember than in the Jewish mindset the 14th of Nisan was Thursday night at sunset to Friday night at sunset. So John’s Gospel is also correct. The rest of the Jews actually ate the Passover Friday night. The Passover meal was to be eaten in the evening. They began to PREPARE the Passover Lamb at 3:00PM exactly the time Jesus died. They ate their lamb after sunset that evening. And that is what John’s gospel focuses on. Whereas the other three gospels are focusing on the last supper experience Thursday night after sunset after the 14th of Nisan had just began.

    You will notice that during the last supper, the disciples did not eat lamb! Rather they had a simple meal of bread and wine. Jesus was giving them a NEW COVENANT ordinance. We no longer need to sacrifice a lamb at 3 PM on the 14th of Nisan and eat it that evening. That is why a distinction was necessary from when the disciples ate their last supper with Christ and when the rest of the Jews ate the Traditional Passover lamb. Today we eat the bread and drink the wine in REMEMBRANCE of the broken body and spilled blood of Christ the Lamb of God.

    To summarize Matthew, Mark, and Luke are describing events that took place after sunset on Thursday night. That is when the 14th of Nisan i.e. the Passover began. John’s gospel is describing events that took place Friday morning through Friday afternoon. Passover lasted until Friday night at sunset. So all four Gospels are correct, Thursday night after sunset, the disciples ate the Last Supper and that occurred on the Passover Nisan 14, and the events the following morning, and afternoon was also the Passover, which were also Nisan 14.
    Nisan 14 the year Jesus died lasted from Thursday night after sunset to Friday night after sunset. The events in the four gospels occur within that time frame.

    The confusion comes only from calculating days from midnight to midnight. Biblical or Jewish days were from sunset to sunset. Anytime we try to look at the Bible through modern practices rather than from the times from which it is written such confusion may result.

    I hope that helps! The critics and especially Christians need to hear the truth! The Bible is the word of God! Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are in complete harmony!

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