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Jesus Dead 72 Hours

Was Jesus dead for an actual 72-hour full "3 Days" or for 3 days as in Friday evening to Sunday morning? I have heard arguments of both sides and am unsure of which to believe, though more inclined to the "Sunday resurrection". Any enlightenment?

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"3days n 3nights in the heart of the earth is symbolic of Christs ministry, 3years exact"

In the Jewish language a part of a day is a day. So, it doesn't have to be 3 full days (72 hours total).
---David on 7/27/07


3days n 3nights in the heart of the earth is symbolic of Christs ministry, 3years exact. Thats what it means..in the heart of the earth means symbolic to amongst the people, for 3years. Christ couldnt have done His ministry in the earth where the dead are. 3d n 3n in the tomb..no matter what time of day He died, it still is counted as a whole day n night. Yes, 3days n 3nights in the tomb.
---jana on 7/27/07


Acts 1:12 =A Sabbath day this occurred. Acts 1:9 Yahushua ascended to heaven. Acts1:3 It was at the end of 40 days of teaching, so count back the 40 days and you will come to "mans Tuesday". As Mary was comming early, "NOT The 1st Day, an error in translating" it must have been just before the dawn of this "Tuesday" which is "Monday night". Still counting backward M/N, M/D, S/N, S/D, Sat/N, Sat/D cont 2...
---toby on 7/26/07


Cont 2:Yahushua died just after 3pm. Joseph of Aramathia went to beg the body at even = night, As in those days the start of day was at dawn, then Yahushua couldnt have been in the tomb at sunset as the request for the body was not until dark. Onreconing it would have taken around 9hrs to complete the whole task, and the Marys saw where he was laid just before dawn Lk 23:54-56
---Toby on 7/26/07


The 1st night, the eagles were gathered Thursday night. Afterward came Jesus' arrest (Luke 22:53), beating, and death. Then innocent Jesus was nailed to the cross on Friday at 12 noon. Early Sunday morning, three days after Jesus last Passover supper, is Jesus Resurrection Day. Therefore counted thursday night, friday morning, friday night, saturday morning, saturday night, sunday morning: that is 3 days.
---Eloy on 7/21/07




Friday evening to Sunday morning is not 3 days let alone 3 nights, so obviously that is incorrect. However He was in the tomb 3 days and nights by His own words. Mat.12:40 "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three day and three nights in the heart of the earth."
---joseph on 7/21/07


the first day was Friday the 2nd Saturday He rose the 3rd day Sunday so not 72 hours
---doree4573 on 10/25/06


Toby, your conclusions are scripturally unsupported. What day of the week did Jesus ascend in order to count back 40 days to a Tues resurrection? Acts 1:3

There is only one evenings & mornings each day. I can't follow your statements about darkness ruling us or satan's cast down

The Bible is clear about Sabbath beginning at sunset on Friday-Mt 27:45, Jn 19:31,42; Lk 23:,44,54

Your statement of God creating the light & separating dark & light seems biblically & physically sound
---Geoff on 10/25/06


Geoff.Still no proof 3days and 3nights. Wonder Why? To help you define this time correctly. 1. pick up Bible. 2. acts1. 3 get calendar 4.count backwards 40 days inclusive from a Sabbath,brings u to Tuesday (3rd day of week)Rose just before dawn of Tuesday so continue back M/n, M/d, Sun/n, Sun/d, Sat/n, Sat/d. wow Friday 3pm died on stake, and just before dawn on Tuesday He rose, all that from checking scripture. Check it for yourself.
---Toby on 10/16/06


cont2 You say an evening and a morning make a day. Yet you also believe evening is S/set and morning is dawn so how can sunset and dawn make a day.Why dosome want dark to rule them 1st/last each 24hr period? Evening is end of day, and morning is start of day. Before it says "evening & morning were the Nth day" It clearly says v3 let there be light not lets start with this satan corrupted darkness which he the devil spread on the earth after he was cast down like a bolt of lightening conts3
---Toby on 10/12/06




cont3(Till this day, Sabbath begins Friday evening etc)are you so sure they are right,so
sure that you will stake your eternal life on it.Rev12:9 Everybody deceived, yes even the Jews.Tit1:13-14 It is shown that in that time dawn Sabbath was being kept. Look it up with an open mind, dontjust take whatI or translatots say,put together ALLthe words re the burial.Find out exactly where it took place, this will give great help.Josephbegun
at even, dark.
---Toby on 10/12/06


Geoff. Gen 1:4 And Elohim saw the light and it was good, and Elohim divided the light from the darkness. This does not talk about creation of light. Elohim is light, when He started this recreation his very light removed darkness TOTALLY.Then He divided the earths light so half was light and half dark just like it is today, then on day 4 he set the sun and moon etc. All part of a bigger plan. Cont 2
---Toby on 10/12/06


Toby, please notice Gen 1:4 tells of the creation of light, NOT full day. The light part is called Day or daytime-see v5. The sun was not created until the 4th day-vs 14-19. Please remember it was dark before it was light

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. v2

Each time it's "evening & morning were the Nth day"

Till this day, Sabbath begins Friday evening for Sabbath keepers & Jews

Scriptures are clear
---Geoff on 10/11/06


Geoff.Still no proof 3days and 3nights. To answer 1st Ques.John11:9 12hrs in a day. Gen1:4 divided/halved the whole of light to make dark 12hrs Luk 12:38 If you check with an open mind you will find days begin with Dawn. He said "let there belight"NOT oh but lets start it with dark because I am light and darkness represents Satan so lets start with Satans way and finish with his way also. Surely not. Prove this to yourself and if you want more scriptures just ask and I will be happy to oblige.
---Toby on 10/10/06


Toby, you want us to find 3 days & 3 nights in Jesus' death & resurrection. What's a day-How many hours? Biblical time is different from pagan traditions. Days begins at sunset, not midnight-Gen 1:5. Any portion is reckoned as 1, hence 3 units. Can't use western thinking to understand. Esther asked for a 3 day fast, but took action on the 3rd day instead of the day after the 3 were completed

Eloy, seems everything's off a year. Did you remember to add 1? There's no year 0. Need explanation?
---Geoff on 10/10/06


Notalaw's explanation is the one I learned from a born-again Jewish rabbi. But when I taught it that way to a women's bible study at our church, a few eyebrows were raised. Our pastor, bless him, backed me up, though he himself wasn't sure. The main thing is that Jesus was crucified dead, in the tomb 3 days (whichever ones) and was resurrected to allow our reconciliation with God. Praise be to God!
---Donna2277 on 10/7/06


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Geoff, Scripture tells us that he was 32 years old at his crucifixion. In 26 A.D. Jesus began to minister at 30 years of age (Luke 3:23); and his birth is in December when he was wrapped in swaddling clothes. We count that he ministered 3 years, attending 3 passovers (John 2:13; 6:4; 11:55; 12:1; 13:1; Luke 22:53), and was crucified in April 28 A.D.
---Eloy on 10/7/06


Hi Geoff.I see you didnt answer the question rather it appears you tried to put apples against oranges and make them the same.A 3 day fast starting at night and Ester talking to her husband does not change the fasttime, and is diff. to 3days and 3nights in the ground, which you still havent answered.I also am a scholar looking for answers so please answer my question from prev blog. Also I chalenge you to do the maths from the ascention on the Sabbath back to the day he rose, and see what you get.
---Toby on 10/6/06


Eloy, that's pretty good. That's similar to what I understand from scripture though I'm not sure about His exact age...

Toby, funny thing, I use Strongs Exhaustive Concordance & other tools which really make me feel like a scholar, but truth is I've never fully studied Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, linguistics or the intricacies of translation. Have you? But there's 1 thing I know, the Bible can be trusted & is consistent. Compare what Esther said-Esther 4:16, 5:1 and what Jesus said-Lk 24:21.
---Geoff on 10/6/06


Hi Geoff. Can we stick to the scriptures Matt12:40(Johah was in the belly of the big fish 3days and 3nights)Can you show in text 3days and 3nights from Fri-Sun morning when you suggest he rose from the dead.Mrk8:31(after threedays)comes the third night, same 3days 3nights.Mark15:42-43(even=dark) Joseph started at dark to arrange the burial. John16:9use strongs concordance on every word to get true meaning and understanding. Will deal with your remaining scriptures later if you want me to Cheers
---Toby on 10/6/06


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Jesus said, This is your hour and the power of darkness (Luke 22:53). So the Passover is counted from Thursday night April 14, 28 A.D. at 6:00 p.m. when Jesus was 32 years old; afterwards came his arrest, beating, and death. On Friday at 12 noon innocent Jesus was nailed to the cross, then came three hours of darkness, and his sacrificial death of taking peoples sins on Friday April 14, 28 A.D. at 3:00 p.m. Early Sunday morning, three days after Jesus last Passover supper, is Jesus Resurrection Day.
---Eloy on 10/5/06


Now, I've heard it all. Can't we just stick with the Bible? What's wrong with Jesus being tried Thursday night, crucified Friday, resting all day Sabbath, and rising Sunday morning? In integers, that's 3 days and that's Hebrew reckoning. See for yourself in the Jewish Encyclopedia. Mt 12:40; Mk 8:31, 15:42-43, 16:9; Jn 2:19-21; Mt 16:21, 17:23, 19:31, 20:19, 27:63-64; Lk 13:32-33, 24:21 & 46...
---Geoff on 10/5/06


Work it out. The ascention was on a Sabbath, Acts1:12.After rising from the dead hetaught 40 days V3. Count backwards 40 days from the ascention, and we see he rose on a Monday just before dawn of the Tuesday which still is the 3rd day of the week.Luke 24:21. Still counting backwards M/N, M/D, S/N, S/D, S/N, S/D. Died 3pm Friday. In Tomb around 4.30am Fri Night. In Luke 24:1 "Day" is not in orig. Week is Sabbaton which has3 meanings depending where it is used, much like some English words.
---Toby on 10/5/06


greetings,about 9:30 friday morning jesus was hung on the cross.shortly before3:00 p.m. friday afternoon his mortal body failed.a little after 3:30 a.m.sunday morning it was dawning in the east and mary did have some light to see and into the empty tomb's dorway she stood looking for her master.into the empty tomb she looked only to find grave clothes with no body there in.
---earl on 10/4/06


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Notlaw gives correct explantion. Fourth day, or wednesday eve. to thurs. eve is day one, thurs eve to fri. eve day 2 fri eve to sat eve day 3. Christ arose on the 3rd day which would be sat at dusk. Mary arose early-sun morn- to find him already gone. The RCC knows this also and that is why they celebrate a mass on saturdays eve, because they believe that is the true first day after Christ had risen.
---eve on 10/4/06


A "high" Sabbath was when the annual feast day was simultaneous with the weekly Sabbath (Saturday).
John: If Jesus was crucified on Thursday and the preparation day refered to in Luke 23:54 was Thursday evening, then what was the hurry ("the sabbath drew on.") for removing Him from the cross before Sabbath, since they had 24 hours of preparation day left? Forget your mathematics. They don't apply to the Hebrew mindset.
---jerry6593 on 10/3/06


Hebrew reconning of a day is in integers. Any part of one constitutes a day. If three eggs were broken and you were able to reconstruct the fragments, but you only found a lot of the first , all of the second and fragments of the third, you still found 3 eggs.
---Geoff on 10/2/06


What really matter is that He died and rose again and HE IS ALIVE!!!! Hallelujah! My understanding has been that He died on friday, (the first day) and rose on Sunday (The third day)
Matthew 16:21
Matthew 27:64
Luke 9:22
Luke 18:33
Luke 24:7
Luke 24:21
Acts 10:40
1 Corinthians 15:4
---Christina on 10/2/06


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How can a person be 3 nights in the tomb as prophesied if they died on Friday afternoon and rose first thing Sunday? Lets make some sense out of this. That just doesn't add up.
---john on 10/2/06


jerry6593, "Preparation Day" can apply to any Sabbath, A Friday Sabbath or to a Special Sabbath that can fall on any day of the week depending what day of the week the 14th day of Nissan falls that year. Passover or Pesach is one of the Special Sabbath established in Leviticus 23:4. John 19:31 states the sabbath was a high day in English versions and Great Sabbath in Greek texts. Great Sabbath is Passover an annual Sabbath.
---notlaw99 on 10/2/06


I am torn between John (Thursday death) and Jerry (Friday death), but jerry seems more convincing for now.
---Okebaram on 10/2/06


According to Josephus Ant.b.xvi.c.6,s.2, a reciting of an edict from Augustus showed the preparation for the sabbath started at 3 pm Thursday. So, even though it was their Friday because it started the afternoon before, it was our Thursday.
---john on 10/2/06


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Jerry. The preparation day was the day before the sabbath but it would have started at 6 pm. on Thursday right? So couldn't Jesus have been crucified on Thursday afternoon? That would at least make it 3 days and 3 nights.
Mathematics just doesn't allow for any portion of a 3rd night if he was crucified on Friday afternoon.
---john on 10/2/06


Josef I think I see what you mean ... that while Jessu rose on the third day ... that would have to be Saturday (incidently your explanation does show two first nights!) the discovery of the empty tomb was the next day.
But what Jerry says is convincing too.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 10/2/06


Josef, Since the new day would start at sundown and we technically don't know the exact minute the 72 hour clock wound start ticking, [when he was first put in the tomb or from when the rock in front of the tomb was sealed] resurrection could have occurred end of day Saturday or beginning of day Sunday. Sundown Saturday plus in minus a few minutes. But the nature of the scenario would fulfill the scriptural references that Christ quoted.
---notlaw99 on 10/2/06


Sorry Notlaw, but the Bible explicitly says that the crucifixion was on the preparation day (Luke 23:54). That can only be Friday, the day before the weekly Sabbath. There was no preparation day for the yearly Passover.
---jerry6593 on 10/2/06


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Notlaw if I may. Alan this is my understanding based on the sign given by Jesus & the fact that Mary rose early Sunday to go to the tomb. Sundown Wednesday started the first night, Thursday was the first day & night, Friday represents the second day & night, Saturday represents the third day. He arose sometimes between Saturday night & Sunday morning. If you see fault in this scenario please enlighten me. Sharing the truth in accordance with scripture is my desire & I have no intent to mislead.
---josef on 10/1/06


Notlaw ... I am completely bemused, even if Mima understands.
If Wednesday is day 1. Thursday is day 2, Friday is Day 3. Even if we are talking about 3rd day after that would still only take us to Saturday.
Can yuo show your calculations in a more detailed way? ... it may take more than one blog.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 10/1/06


Oke: The crucifixion was on Friday, Jesus rested in the grave on Saturday and was resurrected on Sunday morning. The Hebrew mindset counts any portion of a day as a day. This 72-hour theory is a modern construct that does not square with the scriptures. Friday is the preparation day, the day before Sabbath (Mar 15:42). That was the day that Jesus was crucified, and was taken from the cross in a hurry because "THE Sabbath drew on" (Luk 23:54).
---jerry6593 on 9/29/06


notlaw99 has given a wonderful, clear to understand answer to this question. Good going notlaw99.
---mima on 9/29/06


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The two from Emmaus said on the evening of the first of the week, Today is the third day, Luke 24:21. The heart of the earth can mean separation from the Father's love--a captive of divine justice, made to be sin itself. He was accepted by the Father on the third day after the crucifixion--three days and three nights after setting Himself aside as our substitute, just as was Jonah by God after three days and three nights in the fish's belly.
---Wayne87 on 9/28/06


The last Supper was a Tuesday evening, The Crucifiction was on Wednesday afternoon Sundown Wednesday started Day 1 (that is when the new Day begins on the Jewish system) That Day was Passover {Special Sabbath], Friday morning the markets were open, the women caught spices for the body. Friday Night - Saturday daylight, normal weekly Sabbath], Christ resurrection at sundown of day three, 72 hours. Resurrection Discovered Sunday Morning By the women when the went to anoint the body.
---notlaw99 on 9/28/06


Okebaram.#6. In the grand scheme of things, it is not all that important to know what day of the week Christ was crucified. What is important is that He did die, and that He physically, bodily rose from the dead. What is equally important is the reason He died-to take the punishment that all sinners deserve.

Thats the most important thing. Isn't it?
---Ramon on 9/28/06


Okebaram.#5.Consider this example: Suppose you haven't talked to your co-worker since Monday evening. It is now Thursday morning. You say, "I haven't talked to you in three days" even though it has only been two and a half days (60 hours). This example illustrates how Thursday to Sunday could be considered three days.

They is must debate "when" Jesus died and rose again. However the commonly hold view is that He died on Friday and rose on Sunday.Again this has been agrue too.
---Ramon on 9/28/06


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Okebaram.#4.A Thursday view suggests there were too many proceedings that happened between Jesus' burial and the day of His resurrection (Sunday) for Jesus' death to occur on Friday. This view holds that the only full day between Friday and Sunday was Saturday, which is the Jewish Sabbath.

One or two more days takes care of that problem.
---Ramon on 9/28/06


Okebaram.#3. This would mean Jesus rose at the end of Saturday still on the third day, but also after three days.

However whenever the day was when Jesus died, the most important thing is that He is not dead no more!. He is alive!. They is also a "Thursday Crucifixion" agrument.
---Ramon on 9/28/06


Okebaram.#2 Most bible scholars take it that Jesus body was in the tomb part of Friday, all day Saturday, and part of Sunday morning.

However some scholars believe Jesus was crucified on Wednesday,taking it that there were two Sabbaths in that week, one on Thursday-the annual Sabbath that followed Passover(Lev 23:7,11)-and one on Saturday, with a Preparation day (Luke 23:54) for each.
---Ramon on 9/28/06


Okebaram. First lets understand something. Jews in the first century time differently than we do today. They counted any part of a 24-hour day-night period as a day or a day and night. Mat 16:21; 20:19; Mark 9:31; luke 9:22; 18:33; 24:7, 21, 46; Acts 10:40; and 1 cor 15:54 all speak of Jesus rising on the third day or after three days.
---Ramon on 9/28/06


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**"For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three day and three nights in the heart of the earth."**
Notice that it does not say that Jesus would be dead for three days, but in the "heart of the earth."
This is the descent into Sheol, which began just before the 3 hours of darkness.
It will take must longer than 85 words to adequately explain this, so I won't try.
---Jack on 9/28/06


1st off , there is no Bibical reason to believe he died on Friday, thats just a late tradition.
If the Passover we on the Tuesday, and the Crucifiction on Wednesday, which is not stretching the evience, then you have the 3 Jewish days, sunset to sunset.
---mike8384 on 9/28/06


If you look up the meaning of a "high Sabbath" you will understand the answer to this question.
---mima on 9/28/06


jesus said on the third day he would rise, not after 3 days.dead on friday,day 1,saturday ,day 2 sunday early morning ,day 3
---tom2 on 9/28/06


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