WHEN WAS JESUS BURIED?
BY: LINDA KEITH
MARCH 27, 2005
I have had several people email me and say they couldn’t understand how Jesus was in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights, if He was buried on Good Friday and resurrected on Sunday. So I hope this will bring some understanding to the question.
Now, regarding the resurrection of Jesus…
The first thing we MUST know, before we can really understand the days that were involved is this: the time in the Middle East IS NOT like our time. For instance, our DAY has 24 hrs in it. In the Middle East they divide day and night differently than we do. One day to them, is exactly that, one period of daylight. Their day is 12 hours long and their night is 12 hrs. long. As for “Good Friday”, this is misconception that so many Christians have, simply because of how they have been taught. (more on “good Friday” later).
To make it easier for yourself to understand, get a pen and paper and draw 6 CIRCLES on it.
In the first circle, color in the TOP HALF;
in the 2nd circle color in the BOTTOM HALF;
in the 3rd circle color in the TOP HALF;
in the 4th circle color in the BOTTOM HALF;
in the 5th circle color in the TOP HALF,
and in the 6th circle color in THE BOTTOM HALF.
[This may seem childish but it really gives good understanding].
Now, each circle where the colored in part is represents night. The clear or uncolored part represents day.
Beginning with the 1st circle, write “Thursday DAY”,
in the 2nd circle, write “Thursday NIGHT”
in the 3rd circle, write, “Friday DAY”
in the 4th circle, write, “Friday NIGHT”
in the 5th circle, write, “Saturday DAY”
in the 6th circle, write, “Saturday NIGHT”
Difference in our time and their time.
Our day has 24 hours in it.
In the middle East they divided the day from the night.
DAY – There were 3 parts to the DAY. 6am to 9am was called Sunrise. 9am to 12pm was called Noon. 2pm to 6pm was called Sunset.
NIGHT – (Mark 13:35, Mark 14:30 The night was separated into 4 sections.
6pm to 9pm was called Evening. 9pm to 12am was called Midnight. 12am to 3am was called Cockcrowing. 3am to 6am was Morning.
We are told that Jesus was in the earth for 3 days and 3 nights. That would be 72 hrs. As the church system teaches, Jesus was crucified on Friday, “Good Friday” and was buried and resurrected on Sunday morning. Now, anyone can count that that does not add up to 72 hours. So, let’s look at the true timetable.
These are the events that took place the week of Jesus’ death.
1) Tuesday……………………Last Supper
2) Wednesday………………Prayer in the Garden of Gethemane
3) Wednesday evening…..Jesus is betrayed
4] Wednesday night………..Jesus is in court all night
5) Thursday morning….…..Jesus was carried to Calvary
6) Thursday, noon (our time), the 6th hour (their time, I’ll explain the time a little later) Darkness on the Cross. (Mt 27:45)
7) Thursday 9th hour (their time), 3pm (our time), Jesus died. (Mt 27:46)
8) At the moment of death, Jesus entered the lower parts of the earth.
9) Between 3-6…ointment was made for the body, and the body was purchased and put in the tomb.
Now, beside circle one if you want you can make this note:
While Jesus was on the Cross, at “the 6th hour” there was Darkness over the earth.
This was the DAYTIME of the Thursday that JESUS DIED. Jesus died at “the 9th hour”, or according to our time, 3pm. Between 3pm and 6pm (our time) the ointment was prepared by the women and a man named Joseph of Arimathaea went to Pilate and begged the body of Jesus to put in the new tomb that Joseph had purchased for himself. All this between the hours of 3pm and 6pm, on Thursday.
All of this can be written beside the FIRST CIRCLE. Which was Jesus” FIRST DAY in the grave.
The SECOND CIRCLE is “THURSDAY NIGHT,” Jesus’ FIRST NIGHT in the grave.
The THIRD CIRCLE is FRIDAY DAY. Jesus’ SECOND DAY in the grave.
The FOURTH CIRCLE is FRIDAY NIGHT, Jesus; SECOND NIGHT in the grave.
The FIFTH CIRCLE is SATURDAY DAY, Jesus’ THIRD DAY in the grave.
The SIXTH CIRCLE is SATURDAY NIGHT, Jesus’ THIRD NIGHT in the grave.
He was resurrected Sunday morning and was not found in the tomb.
Now, just a little bit about “GOOD FRIDAY”. We have seen that, number one, Friday was not the day the Jesus was buried, but Thursday. And Good Friday got it’s name from the jubilation and joy that the Jews experienced after realizing that Jesus was really dead, OR SO THEY THOUGHT! These were those Jews who insisted on Jesus being crucified, instead of Barnabus. That FRIDAY was GOOD for those Jews!
I hope this helps you understand now, the 72 hours.
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