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True Death Of Jesus Christ

When is the true death of Jesus? Some believe Jesus death falls on April 2nd after sundown while the church I attend says it is Good Friday when Jesus dies on the cross.

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In the Synoptic Gospels, the Last Supper is clearly a Passover meal, and appears to have taken place on Thursday after sunset, making it the 15th of Nisan, with the crucifixion on the next day, Friday, still the 15th of Nisan. In this case highly problematic from historical standpoint - first day of Passover is a holy day for Jews, during which no work can be performed and many rituals of Shabbat are observed, so many events described by Gospels could not have taken place.
---Curtis on 6/6/08


3PM is the opinion on the exact time Jesus died....It was day time and the darkness fell upon the whole sky. The earth shook. After Jesus was buried and rose on a Sunday! Easter!
Which is why we celebrate church on Sunday not Saturday!
---Lisa on 10/8/07


No one knows the exact date that Jesus died on the cross. It doesn't matter anyway. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of His Father right now. He rose from the dead long ago and isn't on that cross anymore despite those necklaces that have Him still hanging on it.
---Susie on 10/7/07


"Three nights in the Heart of the Earth" Greek "kardia"; means thoughts or feelings mind, in the middle. Greek for earth is "ge": A region, solid part, globe, including occupants.
"In the heart of the earth" translates "In the midst of the world" the grip of a lost planet.

Jesus was in this grip, 3day/nights: Thurs, Fri & Sat nights starting in Gethsemane. He rose on Sunday morning.
---TS on 3/28/07


Which is more important, Jesus' death or His resurrection? Isn't the point of the service to worship the Lord and what He has done for us through the blood on the cross? If there had been no resurrection, we would have no hope. We need to look at the whole picture to understand what Easter is all about.
---jacka9565 on 3/28/07




=7= First Israel, and now Biblical Christianity are based upon these accounts being real history; not blind faith, as so many false religions of the world are! You can know whom I have believed in is true, and spend the rest of eternity with Him if you accept Him as your Savior too.
---danie9374 on 3/28/07


=1= Junia: Picking up from where I left off below, here's why it's so important to know there are passages in Scripture that give us chronological data we can rely on: When the Holy Spirit allowed words such as, "in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee" to be written in Luke 3:1, or "the fourth year of King Darius,... the fourth day of the ninth month, Chislev" in Zechariah 7:1, [cont.]
---danie9374 on 3/28/07


=2= whether or not we can ever syncronize those years or days exactly with our own calendar, such passages inform us that these are real people who actually lived at specific times in history! This is exactly what is needed when you encounter liberals and even 'evangelicals' who preach: your faith is what matters most, don't concern yourself with any of the historical details, just believe. There were many in the past who even questioned whether this Jesus actually lived, or it was all a myth!
---danie9374 on 3/28/07


=3= And that's why the Spirit gave us Gospels that recorded historical figures and events, and specific places they occurred in as well. Though Luke's accounts in the book of Acts are not a reprint of a daily diary, with a date at the top of each page, there can be no doubt that we are reading the journal of an eyewitness to many of the events recorded; specific places, times, weather conditions, and a number of known historical figures fill its pages! Some decades back, people doubted even Pilate [cont.]
---danie9374 on 3/28/07


=4= was a real person too; today you can see a replica of an inscription bearing his name at Caesarea in Israel (or the original in a museum). Not only archaeology, but occasionally historians sifting through long forgotten ancient records may corroborate names and events mentioned in Scripture! So, yes, though the exact dates don't really matter, the significance of all this data is that Christians believe in a REAL person who walked this earth around 30AD, Who really did rise from the dead in history!
---danie9374 on 3/28/07




=5= This is the same idea Paul wanted to get across to the Corinthians when he listed all the eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Christ and then wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:14, "if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain" because the object of our faith must be real; these things had to of taken place in history. Phrases like, just believe, or [cont.]
---danie9374 on 3/28/07


=6= that atheistic classic: I'm glad that works for you, but... where people try to make it clear 'belief in anything' is OK with them, as long as you don't believe it MUST BE TRUE for everyone! It's really sad that many atheists seem to know Biblical Christianity teaches uncompromising truth, when some claiming to be Christians tell us much of its history (e.g., Genesis 1-11, Job, etc.) is only allegory; but Jesus and Paul taught otherwise in inspired Scripture!
---danie9374 on 3/28/07


Part 1--Therefore did the rulers of the Jews persecute Jesus. How absurd and unreasonable their enmity to Christ was. Because He had made a poor sick man well, They persecuted Him. How bloody and cruel it was. They sought to slay Him. How it was smoothed over with a colour of zeal for the honour of the Sabbath for this was the pretended crime.
---catherine on 3/25/07


Part 2--Because He had done these things on the Sabbath Day. Thus hypocrites often cover their real hatefulness against the power of godliness with a pretended zeal for the form of it.=== Man will persecute you under the colour of law and or religion. God took me out of the church. And some of you people let me know how you felt about it. You are hypocrites. You could care less if I never went to church. You are messing with the the things of God.
---catherine on 3/25/07


Junia: The actual date of an event can never be "scrambled" as you said, only the minds of people who may never be able to know for sure, or who never take any time to find out! Though Scripture as a whole doesn't have much concern for specific dates, there are many occasions in historical books of the Bible where an event is dated; and for those who believe in the accuracy of Scripture, we can know some things for sure about history! Gotta go to church now, will have more to say later.
---danie9374 on 3/25/07


While the exact date is not really known I believe He had to have been dead and buried no later than a thursday in order to be in the tomb for 3 days and 3 nights like He said He would be, then He rose on sunday. One has to be careful with church traditions. Not all are Biblically sound. But that does not mean don't go to church, just form your beliefs around the Bible not a church. The main thing is that He Did Rise!!!!!
---Betty on 3/25/07


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The dates have been scrambled with so many times in history that the day that you think it is today is not its's date in any case, so why do you worry about it, believe and do your thing. August is a longer month, because Augustinus wanted a longer month than Julius Ceasar, July, and lots more.
---Junia on 3/25/07


[1] Curious: There are basically TWO primary dates accepted by the majority of Christians, though variations exist for those who don't believe Jesus died on a Friday. The RCC and most traditional churches would say: Friday, 7 April 30 AD; whereas others believe it was Friday, 3 April 33 AD (as I do, for reasons including _Daniel's 70-weeks prophecy_ and Pilate 'giving-in to' the Jews' demand to crucify Jesus or else be 'reported to Rome'; which makes no sense before early 32 AD). [Cont.]
---danie9374 on 3/24/07


[2] Although I definitely agree with those below who said, ultimately, the date of Christ's death doesn't matter one bit compared to the fact The Word became flesh, died for our sins and rose from the grave, so those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior will abide with Him forever! This doesn't mean we can't learn a few things about Bible history and our calendar. So, let's do some studying:
---danie9374 on 3/24/07


[3] First, ANY EVENT people feel a need to remember yearly will depend upon exactly what they mean by a year! For most people, events are remembered from their initial dates to the same calendar day, each successive year. But to keep our present Gregorian Calendar in sync with the seasons we must include a 'leap day' roughly every four years, since a solar year (also called a tropical or astronomical year) is about 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds (or approx. 365.2422 days). [Cont.]
---danie9374 on 3/24/07


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[4] So someone of x years old, in terms of 24-hour, 365-day years, is in reality about [x years + (x/4 days)] old; e.g., a 48-yr. old is actually about 48 years plus 12 days old on their birthday! You really are older than you think ;-) haha.

HOWEVER, some cultures decide to remember events in relation to lunar cycles rather than just solar-based calendars; thus the Jewish Passover often occurs many calendar days apart, each successive year. What's often more confusing for many is the fact [cont.]
---danie9374 on 3/24/07


[5] Eastern Orthodox churches may not celebrate Easter the same day as Roman Catholics; neither of which are purposely tied to Passover! This is because the RCC uses ecclesiastical tables made around 1600AD to determine Easter; whereas, the Eastern Orthodox use much older tables (from about 500AD); both of course, insisting the day must fall on a Sunday. Since there are a small number of possible Sundays for this, it's not rare for the two traditions to celebrate Easter on the same day. [Cont.]
---danie9374 on 3/24/07


[6] As an example, for 2007, although Passover will be observed on Tuesday, April 3rd, almost all Christians (including both the RCC and Orthodox) will be observing Resurrection Sunday (I dislike using the pagan term for this) on the same day: April 8th.

In 1989 (using 'Western tables'), this was March 26, and in 2011 it will fall on April 24. These 'tables' limit the days to no earlier than March 22 nor later than April 25; so those dates are close to the extremes. [Cont.]
---danie9374 on 3/24/07


[7] However, the Eastern tables allow for much later dates of Easter, e.g., in 2002 it was 3 May! The day of Passover has always been 'Nisan 15' in the Hebrew lunisolar calendar, so the day of the week for this celebration varies from year to year. For more details, Google the key words: 'easter Navy "Astronomical Applications Department" ' (the last 3 words can be entered as a phrase).
---danie9374 on 3/24/07


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Jews celebrate the Passover Feast in April A special Sabbath came when the celebrations came on a day which was not the Sabbath In the case of the death of Jesus the passover was celebrated on a Friday Jesus was crucified a day before the celebrations so that was a thursday but if you read the bible carefully you will find that that Passover was a very long and special occassion please read carefully and understand the Jewish customs so that you will also understand the death
---lovej3353 on 3/24/07


**I have always heard Easter was the first Sunday after the last full moon in March and that could be because of the different dates. **

You heard wrong.

It falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after MARCH 21, the Spring Equinox.

This means that in the Western calculation, Pascha can fall between 22 March and 25 April.

The "full moon" in this case is the Ecclesiastical full moon, and not the Astronomical full moon.
---Jack on 3/24/07


A Bible day is from sundown to sundown. Communion represents the Lords Last Passover Supper on the night of Thursday April 14, 28 A.D. at 6:00 p.m. when Jesus was 32 years old; afterwards came his arrest (Luke 22:53), beating, and death. Jesus was nailed to the cross on Friday at 12 noon, then came 3 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 3/24/07


The Bible actually does not say exactly when, but it is probable that it was on a Friday.
---Helen_5378 on 3/24/07


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I believe they took Christ to the cross on a Tuesday evening, and He died on Wednesday morning, and rose again right before sunset Saturday. God bless
---John on 3/23/07


PassOver is when he died, not Easter as some claim.The exact date is unknown except to God & the people whom witnessed it, but acording to the bible it was the passover festival.It is better to be correct with GOds Holy Days instead of man made holidays
---candice on 3/23/07


I have a History Minor and studied Astronomy--.There is a descrepancy in the time.
I have always heard Easter was the first Sunday after the last full moon in March and that could be because of the different dates. The months do not have the same number of days and that causes your birthday to be on a different week day. . But the main thing is if we are connected to Jesus' plan of salvation and if our name is written in the Lamb's book of Life rather than what day it will fall on.
Leona 3/23/04
---Leona on 3/23/07


i think it is on good friday. but i am not sure either.
---ann7875 on 3/23/07


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I would suggest that it was Good Friday, I think that the act of his death is more important that when it happend, I was thinking only yesterday of how Jesus could have pulled out at anytime and I guess that was what Satan had in mind when Jesus got the treatment before the he was sent to the cross. I guess that Satan wanted to take from God so many of the things God Loves and that is us.
---Ian on 3/23/07


jesus died on friday, thats the first day,saturday was the 2nd day, and sunday was the 3rd day.scripture tells us he would rise on the third day,not after 3 days.
---tom2 on 3/23/07


I agree with Jody that a date truly does not matter, what matters is knowing what His death and resurrection means to those who have a personal relationship with Him. The date has nothing to do with salvation just what He did and who He is.
---Cathy on 3/23/07


**A Friday Crucifixion does not meet three whole day and three hole nights in the earth to meet the Jonah citations that Christ said would be the proof of his divinity.**

Jesus didn't say He would be BURIED for three days and nights.

He said He would be three days and nights IN THE HEART OF THE EARTH.

This refers to his descent to the lower regions (aka descent into hell). The three hours of darkness constituted a night. See how He hurried to fulfill His promise.
---Jack on 3/23/07


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CONT: Then they roasted the lamb, their bones were forbidden to be broken. the lamb slain was typified Christ the Lamb of God slain for the sins of the world. John 13. but what is so silly is that Easter changes from year to year. It is never on the same day like the other holiday's. It is either in March or in April.
---Rebecca_D on 3/23/07


Good Friday as your church says
---Lloyd on 3/23/07


When exactly Jesus died doesn't matter except that it fufilled all prophesies like being dead 3days&3 nights like Jonah was in the "whale."Please don't judge those with Jesus on the cross.The Israelites had to look at the Serpent on the stick to be saved,not the stick.Jesus compares Himself with that serpent(Jn3:14-15),yet belief is all that's required.Are you looking at the stick(cross),serpent on the stick(Jesus on cross),or just believing?Regardless,careful how you judge.
---Sheila on 3/23/07


Curious Christian- Your question is moot. Let me ask you one. Do yo think that God will require you to know the exact day His son was crucified, or that you know His son?
---Phil on 3/23/07


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I have a Bible collection CD that has commentaries, references. It says that Christ died on April 7th year was unknown. I don't know that to be true, so I can't say I believe that. The bible calls it Passover. On the 10th day of the month of Nisan (april) the head of each family went out and got a male lamb without blemish. On the 14th day they were to kill the lamb. While the sun was setting they took the blood and put it in a bisan and sprinle hyssop and spread it across their door. CONT:
---Rebecca_D on 3/23/07


I am not sure that anyone can answer that question with accurate authority. The Bible teaches that we are not to debate scripture nor times and seasons. I guess the real focus for me is the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who Died for our sins and rose from the dead and that faith in Him carries salvation of our souls. It matters not which day you celebrate His resurection. Jesus did say not to celebrate his birth but instead His resurection. Hope that helps.
---Jody on 3/23/07


How you derived April 2nd and you did not specify a year. A Friday Crucifixion does not meet three whole day and three hole nights in the earth to meet the Jonah citations that Christ said would be the proof of his divinity. I would look for a year when the 14 day Of Nissan occurred on a Wednesday using the Jewish Calendar but converting that to a Gregorian Calendar date speculative. Most software can't handle both Post-Gregorian and Pre-Gregorian CE dating to Jewish calendar conversion.
---notlaw99 on 3/23/07


C.C.:Actually most bolggers on here don't believe that Jesus actually died,Just left His body in the tomb for 3 days while He flit around the universe talking to wayward spirits!
---1st_cliff on 3/23/07


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