Good Friday Timeline

Ecce Homo (“Behold the Man”), by Antonio Ciseri

You probably know that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday. What you may not know was that Good Friday was one of the busiest days in Jesus’s life. As far as I can tell, no other day in the Bible receives more attention.

To help you appreciate this, I drafted a timeline of the key events of the first Good Friday. There was a little bit of guesswork involved in this, but you can check my timeline against the scriptures.

Some points to note before we start:

  • Good Friday was the preparation day that precedes the Sabbath, and the Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday (Luke 23:54). Jesus was crucified the day before the Sabbath (on Friday morning; the first day) and raised after the day after Sabbath (Luke 24:1) early on Sunday morning (the third day; see Luke 24:46).
  • A Jewish day is twelve hours long (John 11:9). So when the gospel writers refer to the third hour or the sixth hour of the day, they mean the third or sixth hour after sunrise.
  • Since people in biblical times didn’t wear watches, it is more accurate to interpret “the third hour” as mid-morning rather than a specific time such as 9am. This explains the apparent contradiction when Mark says Jesus was crucified at the third hour (Mark 15:25), while John says Pilate sentenced Jesus in “about the sixth hour” (John 19:14). More here. We don’t know exactly when Jesus was crucified, but it was around mid- to late morning.
  • At Easter, the sun rises in Jerusalem at around 6:30am and sets at 7pm. This means everything that needed to be done – from the trial to the crucifixion and the burial of Jesus – had to be completed before the commencement of the Sabbath at around 7pm. We can fiddle with the timing of the events, but sunset provides us with a hard deadline.

Got all that? Good. We are now ready to see what happened on that first Good Friday. As you go about your day this Friday, scan the timeline to find out what Jesus was doing at different times during the day.

What happened on Good Friday?

12am: In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus is betrayed with a kiss from Judas (Mark 14:44). He is arrested by a large crowd of armed soldiers and officials sent by the chief priests and Pharisees (Matt. 26:47, John 18:3). When Jesus identifies himself to the mob, they fall down under the power of God (John 18:6-7). Peter strikes a servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear (John 18:10-11). Jesus rebukes Peter and heals the injured servant (Luke 22:51). As the soldiers seize Jesus and bind him, his disciples desert him and flee (Mark 14:50).

1:00: Jesus is taken to Annas, a former high priest (John 18:13). Annas questions Jesus then sends him, still bound, to Caiaphas, his son in law and the current high priest (John 18:19-24).

3:00: At the house of Caiaphas, the Sanhedrin (the ruling council of 70 men) has assembled (Matt. 26:57, Luke 22:54). Jesus is made to endure a sham trial (Matt. 26:59, Mark 14:55). Many false witnesses make accusations, but their lies are transparent and Jesus says nothing. Finally, Caiaphas says, “I command you to tell us if you are the Son of God.” Jesus breaks his silence. “You have said so. But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God” (Luke 22:69). This is enough for Caiaphas. Tearing his robe, he accuses Jesus of blasphemy and convinces the Sanhedrin to condemn him to death (Matt. 26:65). The guards blindfold Jesus, spit on him and beat him (Matt. 26:67, Mark 14:65, Luke 22:63-65).

5:00: Outside in the courtyard, Peter is recognized by several people as a follower of Jesus. However, Peter vigorously denies knowing Christ three times (Matt 26:69-74).

6:00: Lacking the authority to put Jesus to death, the Sanhedrin set out to enlist the aid of the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate (John 18:31). As Jesus is led away, he looks directly at Peter in the courtyard. Peter flees, weeping bitterly (Luke 22:61-62). Judas too, having learned that Jesus has been condemned to die, is filled with remorse. He tries to return the money he was paid and hangs himself (Matt. 27:3-5).

6:30: The rulers take Jesus to the governor’s residence. Since they refuse to enter the Praetorium, Pilate comes out to meet them (Matt 27:2, Mark 15:1, John 18:28). Pilate asks the Jews, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” The Jews make a number of vague accusations. “He’s a criminal, obviously, otherwise we wouldn’t be here” (John 18:30).

6:45: Pilate takes Jesus inside and questions him privately. “Are you king of the Jews?” (Luke 23:3, John 18:33). Jesus replies, “If you say so” (Mark 15:2). Pilate repeats the trumped up charges of the Jews and asks, “How do you defend yourself?” Jesus says nothing (Mark 15:5). Pilate is stumped. He has been given no evidence to condemn Jesus. But after learning that Jesus is a Galilean, Pilate sends him to Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, who happens to be in Jerusalem for Passover (Luke 23:6).

7:30: Herod has heard much about Jesus and is pleased to meet him in person. Herod hopes to see Jesus perform a miracle (Luke 23:8). Herod questions him at length, but Jesus says nothing in reply (Luke 23:9-10). The chief priests and law teachers vehemently accuse Jesus of wrongdoing. Herod mocks Jesus and dresses him in an elegant robe before sending him back to Pilate (Luke 23:11).

8:30: Pilate tells the chief priests and the rulers, that neither he nor Herod have found any evidence for the charges they have made against Jesus. “I find no fault in him at all” (John 18:38). The governor says he will punish Jesus then release him in accordance with the Passover custom (Luke 23:13-16, John 18:39). But stirred up by the chief priests and the elders, the mob shouts for the release of a notorious criminal called Barabbas (Matt. 27:15-21). Pilate receives a message from his wife: “Have nothing to do with this innocent man” (Matt 27:19). Pilate tries three times to release Jesus, but the mob is insistent (Luke 23:22).

9:00: Fearing a riot, Pilate releases Barabbas and sends Jesus to the Praetorium to have him scourged (Matt 27:27, Mark 15:16, John 19:1). The soldiers twist a crown of thorns and put it on Jesus’ head. Pilate presents the bloodied Jesus to the crowd saying, “Behold the man!” (John 19:5). The chief priests and the rulers whip the crowd into a frenzy. “Crucify! Crucify!” (John 19:6). “Why? What crime has he committed?” says Pilate. But the mob shouted all the louder. “Crucify him!” (Matt. 27:3-24). Again, Pilate refuses and retreats into his residence to question Jesus further (John 19:9). But the Jews at his door will not go away. “If you release this man who claims to be a king, you are no friend of Caesar” (John 19:12).

10:00: Pilate brings Jesus outside and sits in the judgment seat (John 19:13). “Shall I crucify your king?” he asks. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests reply. When Pilate sees he is getting nowhere, he washes his hands in front of the crowd saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood.” The Jews reply, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” (Matt 27:24-25). Finally, Pilate condemns Jesus to death (Luke 23:24).

10:15: Events move swiftly. The soldiers take charge of Jesus and lead him to Golgotha (Matt 27:33). Jesus carries his cross at least part of the way (Luke 23:26, John 19:17).

11:00: Jesus is stripped of his garments and crucified between two thieves. Jesus prays, “Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Pilate has a notice of the charge fastened to the cross that reads, “Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews” (Matt 27:35-38, John 19:18-19). The religious leaders and passersby mock and jeer Jesus (Matt. 27:39-44).

12pm: From about the sixth hour to the ninth hour, darkness blankets the land (Matt 27:45, Mark 15:33, Luke 23:44).

3:00: Realizing that his mission is complete, Jesus says, “It is finished” (John 19:28-30). Then he calls out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit,” and breathes his last (Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34, Luke 23:46). At that moment, the temple curtain is torn from top to bottom, the earth shakes, and rocks split. Tombs open and many resurrected saints come walking out and enter the city where they are seen by many people (Matt. 27:51-53). Roman soldiers guarding Jesus are terrified and exclaim, “Surely he was the Son of God” (Matt. 27:54). Meanwhile, many women followers of Jesus stand watching at a distance (Matt 27:55-56, Luke 23:49).

4:00: Not wanting three bodies to be left hanging on crosses during the Sabbath, the religious leaders ask Pilate to have them taken down (John 19:31). To hasten the deaths of the two thieves, the soldiers break their legs, but Jesus is found to be already dead (John 19:33). A soldier pierces Jesus’ side with a spear (John 19:34).

4:30: Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin and a secret follower of Jesus, successfully petitions Pilate for the body of Jesus (Matt 27:57-58, Mark 15:42-43, Luke 23:52).

5:00: With the Sabbath approaching, Joseph hastily wraps the body of Jesus in linen cloth and lays it in a nearby tomb (Luke 23:54, John 19:40-42). The women disciples follow Joseph, then return home to prepare spices and perfumes. They plan to return to the tomb after the Sabbath on Sunday morning (Luke 23:55-56, 24:1).

7:00: As the sun sets, the day ends and the Sabbath begins. The chief priests congratulate themselves for eliminating the “threat” of Jesus, while Pilate in the Praetorium is pleased that law and order have been restored in time for Passover. In a locked room, fearful disciples mourn the loss of their Lord and the death of their dreams. For the second time, darkness falls on the city. But among the few who have eyes to see it, there is a growing a sense that all is not lost, and that this evil day may yet turn out to be good. Though they can’t explain it, in their heart of hearts they feel that everything has changed and for the better.

Reflections on Good Friday

I have celebrated Easter my entire life and I have long appreciated the parallels between Christ’s crucifixion and the annual sacrifice of Passover lambs. I didn’t think there was anything more I could learn about Good Friday. I was wrong.

Prior to this exercise, I never appreciated how desperate the chief priests and religious leaders were to kill Jesus quickly. The entire Sanhedrin – some 70 men – prosecuted Jesus in the middle of the night.

Nor did I appreciate how hard Pilate tried to release Jesus. I mean, he really tried. Or at least he appeared to. Was he really reluctant to kill Jesus? Or was he a master manipulator of the mob? Who really sent those soldiers to arrest Jesus (John 18:3)? And why did he send so many (more than 500 apparently)?

I was also amazed by Joseph of Arimathea, Christ’s secret disciple on the Sanhedrin. This man did not consent to their trial (Luke 23:51), but nor did he speak in Christ’s defense (as far as we know). Perhaps he was afraid of speaking out, and who could blame him. But as soon as Jesus died, this timid old man found the courage to go to the Roman governor and ask for the body of Jesus (Mark 15:43). Surely that was the Holy Spirit’s doing.

But the biggest insight I took from this exercise, is that the events of Good Friday seem to have been choreographed to the nth degree. One minute Jesus is in the house of the high priest, then he’s at the governor’s residence. Next he’s off to see Herod, and then he’s with the soldiers in the Praetorium. It’s like watching high-speed chess.

There is nothing accidental about any of this. I sense the Holy Spirit operating behind the scenes, positioning Jesus where he needed to be at different times of the day. Prophecies had to be fulfilled. Passover parallels had to be made. So Jesus is taken here and there and says this and that because God was telling a story that had been told before and would be told again and again for thousands of years.

At least that’s what I got out of it. I’d love to hear your thoughts too. What comes to your mind when you consider the timeline of Good Friday?

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34 Comments on Good Friday Timeline

  1. Thank you Paul. Yes, what a day of intense activity, as so many worked so hard to get the Lord of the Sabbath out of the way….before the Sabbath began! How dark is our darkness. It is as if the whole day is designed so that as many people as want to, can have a hand in His death. It made me think of how Jesus allowed the crowd from His home synagogue in Nazareth to take him right to the edge of the cliff before He turned and walked away (Luke 4:29,30). It was if he wanted to let them see the lengths that their fears would take them to, to see how dark was their darkness, that they would see their need for Him in the end. He did all this for us, without a word of complaint.

  2. Larry Newman // April 1, 2021 at 2:17 am // Reply

    Thanks for the article. I like reading your stuff. Will you consider looking at a book done years ago my? Jesus Christ Our Passover. I was unable to find it but you may. It outlines the hours of his life and will give you amazing insight into the sacrifice as well as the timeline.

  3. This is great, thank you! My thought is how people believe what they want to believe. They had seen Jesus perform miracles. When the mob arrives to seize him, they are literally floored. Jesus puts an ear back on a soldier. Darkness covers the land for three hours. The temple curtain is ripped and there is an earthquake. Previously dead people are walking around. All of this is ignored by the High Priests, they remain proud of their accomplishment, and continue to deny Jesus was the Son of God.

  4. Kristi Gorrod // April 1, 2021 at 3:26 am // Reply

    Thank you so much, Paul! I can’t wait to read through this timeline, and I’m excited about your commentary!😊. But I’m emailing this morning because my 10 yr old daughter and I just read through the Chocolate Gospel again and wanted to thank you and your daughter for giving us that! I know we can print our own, but do you ever think you will reprint it? We just love it and want to give it out to as many people as we can!😊

    • Thanks Kristi. I’m glad to hear you and your daughter love The Chocolate Gospel. At this stage I have no plans to reprint it because it’s such an expensive little book (being in color) and it costs a fortune to ship it from faraway NZ. I would love to make it available via print-on-demand, but it’s a nonstandard size and most POD printers don’t do color books. So treasure your copy! However, I am planning on putting the entire book into a short shareable video.

  5. Jesus was born in a stone manger used for feeding sheep. He was announced by angels, born covered in swaddling clothes, born of a woman, given gifts of frankencense and myrrh. He was buried in a stone tomb, he feeds his sheep, was covered in sheets, annointed with spices. Rose from the dead, women were at the tomb announcing his resurrection and jesus gave us the gold of righteousness and eternal life.

  6. Cory Smith // April 1, 2021 at 4:57 am // Reply

    Thanks for sharing this timeline. Very well done.

  7. I’ve read that Jesus was crucified at the same time of day that the passover lambs were being killed. Is this true? What a parallel that would be!

    • Indeed, there are many parallels between the rituals of Passover and the crucifixion of Jesus, which I don’t go into here. The events of Passover may explain why John says Jesus was sentenced “about the sixth hour” while Mark says he was crucified in the third hour – John was making a connection with the midday slaughter of lambs at the temple.

      • It was the way is described.
        For you and me.
        Bar abba. The Son of man was freed. And
        The Son Of Abba (God) The Lamb went to the Cross.

  8. “… the events of Good Friday seem to have been choreographed to the nth degree.” Part of that “choreography” might have been to time Jesus moment of death with the death of the physical sacrifice – the Passover lamb in the Temple – and the corresponding tearing of that massive curtain from top to bottom that signaled Jesus opening heaven – the holy of Holies – to all believers. I am not positive of the actual timing of these 3 events but it it seems likely at this most pivotal time in His-Story. Thanks for another helpful overview chart. I do a lot of those too for uncovering revelation.

  9. Wendy Fletcher-Cooke // April 1, 2021 at 7:40 am // Reply

    Hi Paul. I really like your analysis of the chief priests’ too-ing and fro-ing and Pilate’s tormented dilemma. However, I understood Jesus was crucified at 9am (i.e. the 3rd hour as documented in Mark 15:25). He then endures 3 hours of abuse and scoffing before darkness descends at noon (the 6th hour) which lasts for a further 3 hours (until the 9th hour, Mk 15:33). It is also at the 9th hour, just as he is about to die, that he calls out “eloi eloi lama sabacthani”, followed quite rapidly by “it is finished” and “father into your hands I commit my spirit”.

    • Hi Wendy, thanks for your comment. If Mark’s account was the only one we had to go on, we’d all think Jesus was crucified at 9am, and we’d make pretty clock-charts that show all the critical events happening three hours apart. But there are three problems with this. First, it doesn’t harmonize with the other gospel accounts (especially John 19:14). Two, it gives Jesus less than three hours of daylight to travel from Caiaphas to Pilate to Herod (for lengthy questioning) to Pilate to the Praetorium (for scourging) and back to Pilate then to Golgotha. I know ancient Jerusalem was small, but it wasn’t that small. Third, Mark never says 9am – that’s a level of precision imposed on his words by our time-sensitive modern minds. The third hour implies the middle of the morning, somewhere between sunrise and noon.

      As I say above, we don’t know exactly when Jesus was put on the cross, but my timeline above aims to reconcile the four gospel accounts.

  10. 🤔…..not sure how your timeline jives with Matthew 12:40 Paul, but I can’t wait to see how:
    “….so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
    Based on your timeline of, in the grave Friday afternoon (before sunset) to arising from the grave early Sunday morning.
    🤔…..my math says your timeline at best is two days and two nights.
    Respectfully,
    Warren
    South Carolina USA

    • Hi Warren, that’s a fair comment. But Matthew 12:40 is not the only time Jesus prophesied about his time in the grave. In Luke 18:33 he told his disciples he would be “raised on the third day” and he was. Indeed, the angels at the tomb quoted this very prophecy after the fact (Luke 24:7). Jesus was crucified on a Friday and raised on a Sunday, the third day, as he predicted. And this fits the events: the women with the spices discovered the empty tomb immediately “after the Sabbath, at dawn” which is Sunday morning (Matt 28:1).

      But what about the third night of Jonah? Because of this apparent contradiction, some have speculated that this was an unusual or “high” Sabbath and Jesus was crucified on Thursday, or the women went shopping on Sunday and didn’t get to the tomb until Monday. But there is no evidence for these claims.

      The short answer is there is no contradiction. The Jews don’t count days and nights the same way we do. Every new day begins at sunset, so the first “day” of Jesus’ death covers the period of time from sundown on Thursday to sundown on Friday. That is the first night and day. The second night and day begins at sundown on Friday and the third night and day begins at sundown on Saturday and ends with his resurrection on Sunday morning on the third day.

  11. What I have thought about in the past and am reminded about in your article is who pushed the narrative of Jesus needing to be killed and who goaded the regular people into shouting all the more to “Crucify Him, Crucify Him”. It was the ones who were considered the highly moral and highly regarded religious leaders – the chief priests and Pharisees. I think we need to always watch and think and not just blindly follow religious leaders. They might be pushing their own agenda and what they want rather than what God wants. Although, at the same time, I do realize it was necessary for Jesus to be crucified to save the world.

  12. I have always been inspired by the prophetic passage that the Jews were screaming in( Matthew 27: 24-25). “Let his blood be on us and our children ” which is conveying that exactly what Jesus was going to do ushering in the New Covenant to do not just for the Jews but for the whole world”. although at the time the Jews did not understand what they were saying and did not realize at the time that God came in the flesh to die for them and us and to do just that, “His blood was poured out for all of us “.

  13. Gary Laxson // April 1, 2021 at 3:51 pm // Reply

    I enjoyed the article very much. Found it to be very accurate as well, which is not easy to do apart from diligent study— appreciate the labor that went into it.

  14. Ambangira Edson // April 1, 2021 at 4:36 pm // Reply

    Thanks Paul for this insight and deep analysis of what actually took place

    Blessings

  15. Mark Francis // April 4, 2021 at 7:04 am // Reply

    One common preaching point that has always bothered me is “the crowd that welcomed Jesus on Palm Sunday turned against Him on Good Friday.” This is frequently rationalized with “Jesus was not the political messiah they wanted, but was the Messiah they needed.”

    Your timeline shows that the Pharisees assembled a mob by 10am, very strongly suggesting this was a hand-picked group. It’s most likely that the news of Jesus’ arrest had not even spread very far by that early time of day. By the time most heard of it Jesus was already on the cross.

    It’s very important when contemplating these events to avoid anti-Semitism. Blaming “the Jews” smacks of that base thought, while fingering the Pharisees alone is consistent with all of Scripture.

    Jesus is the Messiah who is able and willing to meet all of our needs when we turn to Him in faith. The Pharisees choose not to believe. The only remaining issue is will we?

    • It would be criminal to hijack the Easter story for anti-Semitic purposes, just as it would be wrong to universally condemn the entire Sanhedrin or even the Pharisees for their part in the crucifixion. (Some Council members did not consent (Luke 23:51) and Nicodemus was a Pharisee.) When John refers to “the Jews” who bayed for Jesus’ blood (John 18:38, 19:12), he obviously wasn’t slandering his own tribe.

  16. Paul that’s an amazing timeline. I love your work and all the insight you share with us. But like warren I’ll like to push back a little. I have studied this in the past and I have an issue how him dying on Friday and raising early Sunday doesn’t meet Matt.12:40 where 3 days and 3 nights are required. Also, passages like Leviticus 23:32 tells us that a Hebrew day was 24 hours. I am of the believe that Jesus was crucified on Thursday and rose early Sunday. This satisfies both Matt. 12:40 and Luke 18:33. John clearly states that the following day was a high sabbath not the normal 7th day sabbath. Am I wrong for seeing it that way?

    • Hi Raul, you’re welcome to push back. It’s a fun Easter diversion and I don’t claim to have all the answers. But I do think a big part of any discrepancy arises from trying to mesh western and Jewish concepts of time. We read Matt 12:40, count back 72 hours from Sunday, and don’t get enough days. So we invent an extra Sabbath, and it all works out.

      But I don’t buy it. A high Sabbath (John 19:31) means a special Sabbath, just like Easter Sunday is a special Sunday. In this case the Sabbath fell on a Passover, so it was a special Sabbath indeed. Jesus is not only our Passover lamb, he is our Sabbath rest as well. There is nothing in the Gospel accounts to hint at two rest days, but there is an awful lot of evidence pointing to a single Sabbath.

      Another problem with the 72 hour scenario is this: if Jesus dies on Thursday afternoon, he can’t rise before Sunday afternoon, long after the women have discovered the empty tomb. For this reason, some say Jesus must’ve died on a Wednesday (which leaves him twiddling his thumbs all Saturday night) or he rose on a Monday (which implies the women took their sweet time getting to the tomb for some inexplicable reason).

      Surely the best remedy is to recognize that to a Jewish mind there is no contradiction to be resolved. To a Jewish mind, a day begins at sunset, so the first day begins at Thursday sundown, the second at Friday sundown, and the third at Saturday sundown. Jesus was crucified on the first day (Friday) and rose on the third (Sunday), and each of these three days began with a night. On several occasions Jesus predicted he would be raised “on the third day” (Matt 20:19, Luke 9:22, 18:33, 24:46). To a Jewish mind, that means he was raised sometime after Saturday sundown which fits perfectly with the women finding an empty tomb the next morning (Matt 28:1).

  17. thanks, this is a great explanation. God is not out of sinc, never has been, never will be, As it is not easy to see, especially from the self, at least for me. I have tried for many years to fathom it, only to learn this “I” can’t so I turned over to just trust to know whatever Father decides for me to know and not abuse it.
    He is risen, we are saved in beleif to see, so I see tyo just move forward in belief, he is risen and now equipped by Father, in the Holy Spirit to do as said in Luke 21:e14-15 MATT. 10:16-20
    and to see, he did not defend himself, went to death willingly, only to find out it was for us all, everyone, to do as Acts 20:21 states
    Thanks

  18. Fair enough and great conversation. One thing we know for sure is that he is risen. Happy resurrection Sunday.

  19. Hi Paul,
    Please consider this information regarding the “High Sabbath” that fell on the Thursday… This fulfills the requirement given by Matthew 12:40 whcih says Jesus will be in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights. It doens’t change the timelines that you shared with us, but it does add to actual days. Thanks for your work and sharing it! I always enjoy reading your posts!

    • Hi Roland, thanks for your comment. A couple of other readers have said Jesus was crucified on a Thursday and you may be interested in my responses above. Short version: I see no evidence for it. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation that precedes the Sabbath (Friday morning; see Mark 15:42), and his empty tomb was discovered the day immediately after the Sabbath (Sunday morning, the third day; see Mark 16:1).

      I am familiar with the argument that a high Sabbath is an extra Sabbath. The problem is the only people making this argument are those who claim Jesus died on a Wednesday or Thursday, which renders the argument tautological. There is nothing in the Gospel accounts to suggest that Jesus’ death and resurrection were separated by two Sabbaths. Jesus prophesied many times that he would rise on the third day, and he did.

  20. Sven Miller // April 8, 2021 at 9:59 am // Reply

    Paul, Your math just doesn’t work. He died on Wednesday at sunset and rose on Saturday at sunset. Saturday at sunset begins the first day of the week. That’s the only way it can work. The women could not have purchased spices on the Sabbath. Jesus was three days and three nights in the grave. Thursday was a special Sabbath day. Therefore if you want to have a resurrection event it should begin at sunset on Saturday. And, let’s not call it Easter. That’s referring to Nimrod’s wife Semiramis , and the worship around her son Tammuz.

    • I find it fascinating that those pushing for a 72-hour period in the grave cannot agree on whether Jesus died on a Wednesday or a Thursday. I have responded to the 72-hour argument already. It seems very clear from the Gospel narratives that there were only three days in the story: preparation day (which comes before the Sabbath; see Mark 15:42), the Sabbath, which was a special or high day because it coincided with Passover (see John 19:31), and the day after the Sabbath (Mark 16:1-2). Count ‘em: three days, just as Jesus predicted on numerous occasions (Matt. 16:21, 17:23, 20:19, Luke 9:22, 18:33).

      Regarding the women and their spice shopping, Mark 16:1 seems to suggest they bought their spices after the Sabbath (Saturday night?), but Luke says they purchased and prepared the spices on the day of preparation, before the Sabbath (Luke 23:56, 24:1). I have no problem with the name Easter. For me, it means the death and glorious resurrection of our Lord. Nimrod, go hang.

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