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Jesus Christ was crucified on Wednesday, not Friday.


It is sad how the symphony of Scripture is often confused by error and tradition.

John 19:31 makes it clear that Our Lord’s crucifixion occurred on “preparation” day, i.e. preparation of the Passover meal. In other words, as most Jews were killing their lamb without blemish, God’s lamb, Jesus Christ, was also being slaughtered as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” John 1:29

Wednesday (or perhaps Thursday) was the ‘Preparation Day’ for Passover. For Jews, all days start at sundown.

John 19:14-16 says: Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour (mid-day). He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

It was a bitter sweet day indeed. Few understood it at the time. Few understand it today.

Confusion about the day of the week is easily explained. Mark 15:42 says it was “preparation day, the day before the Sabbath”. Most folks assume he is referring to the Saturday Sabbath. Not so.

There were 3 Sabbaths that week, two “high” Sabbaths and one regular weekly Sabbath (Saturday).

Passover is a “High Sabbath”

The 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is also a “High Sabbath”

And, Saturday’s are Sabbaths.

So, if ’3 days and 3 nights’ means what it says then it is most likely Passover / Crucifixion that week landed on a Wednesday. He would have been dead, and in the grave, beginning Wednesday night. He rose sometime after Saturday evening because He had risen by Sunday before dawn.

(See – hover over: Leviticus 23:1-7)

Jesus foretold that He would be in the “heart of the earth for three days and three nights” and He was! Matthew 12:40

Friday at 6:00 p.m. through Sunday at dawn (36 hours) is NOT three days and three nights. It’s seems wrong to try and make it so.

Jesus’ body died at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday – likely on 13 Nissan. He raised His body back to life sometime after dusk on Saturday – on Sunday the 17th Nissan. On 14, 15 and 16 Nissan His body was dead, buried in a tomb – three days and three nights. Mark 15:42-47 Luke 24:1-12

Jesus Christ is our Passover lamb. Jesus predicted it. The whole Bible speaks of it.

On a previous Passover Jesus promised the unbelievers a sign. His death and resurrection was what He promised them as a sign. John 2:18-22

Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac on the same hill was a ‘type’ to signify Christ’s crucifixion. Genesis 22:1-22

Way back in the Garden of Eden, God promised that Satan’s head would be bruised, but not before Satan would bruise His heel. Genesis 3:15 This also was also a foreshadow of the crucifixion, the price God decreed would be paid for Adam’s sin.

(One can recover from a bruise on ones heel. Satan will never recover from the head bruise to be inflicted one day. He will be in the Lake of Fire forever! Halleluiah! Revelation 20:7-10)

The ‘Passover lamb’ was the most obvious type of Christ. You can quickly read the story in Exodus 12. The firstborn all died. Jesus Christ, being God, was also God’s firstborn.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20

Oh my, the riches of the Word of God!

How can one read it and not see it flawless synchronization, every page pointing to Jesus Christ?


  1. after doing much study into the old calendars, I have come to the same conclusion

    using the power of modern computers, we can track the cycles of the moon backwards into history, with such accuracy, that we find them lining up with the historial records

    the significance of this, is that as has been mentioned, in 31ad, the 14th of the first month indeed fell no where near friday

    there are 2 choices that seem to be available as to the timeing of the first month

    some would place it in march, in which the 14th of the first month would fall on about march 27, which was a monday

    others would place it in april, in which the 14th of the first month would fall on april 25, which was a wednesday

    having made this discovery, i have fully rejected my long held belief in a friday crucificton

    a wednesday crucifiction, actually better fits the prophesy of dan 9, for not only is it in the middle of the prophetic week, but it is also in the middle of the literal week

    and the whole of the prophesy of dan 9 is based on a prophetic application of the literal week

    you might also be interested to note that the wednesday crucifiction in 31ad also helps settle an important question regardin when to start the lunar year

    for the 14th of the first month to fall on wed april 25 in 31ad
    then the first of the month has to be defined in the following manner

    the first day of the first month of the new lunar year starts
    on the first cresent of the first new moon following the spring equinox

    if any one here is of sda origins or back ground, you might want to look at the lunar calendar for 1844, for william millars calculation that the day of atonement was oct 22

    you will find the lunar calendar he used, followed the same formular

    this is as opposed to the traditional use of the first full moon after the spring equinox being the passover moon, which means the start of the month could actually fall prior to the spring equinox

  2. Karen is completely right.

  3. Passover is an event not a day. The Passover lambs were slaughtered in the evening before sundown which began the first day of Unleavened Bread. Christ died at the same time of day, shortly after the 3rd hour, that the Passover lambs were being killed. Hence, it was the “preparation” of the Passover meal to be eaten in the beginning (evening) of the first day of UB.

  4. Marieta says:

    This question has bothered me for a long time as well, I started looking at it, but got side tract and never completed my search until my 10 year old son recognized the same error this Easter Sunday. He did not quite buy my explanation of counting the days inclusively (part of Friday, whole Saturday, Part of Sunday).. and frankly in my heart I tried to believe it but could not feel peaceful about it.

    Then today I read John 19:31 again “that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,)”..!!!

    I googled ‘high sabbath’ to find it’s meaning, re-read Leviticus 23 and had to draw some pictures :-) Confusing because we count the day first and the Bible counts the evening first. I agree with you. Jesus was crucified on Wednesday, but then I also agree with Karen, it was Nisan 14 (and not 13) – Leviticus 23:5 –
    Then Jesus rose up some time in the evening after sunset Saturday evening Nisan 18, which was already the start of Sunday. Prayers answered, explanation ready for young mind’s question. God Bless

  5. George Scheide says:

    As someone who believes God is a God of order, Wednesday makes more sense than Friday. Just as Jonah spent 3 days and nights in the belly Jesus had to be in the grave. I don’t have a problem with people recognizing it being on Friday, so long as they recognize the death and resurrection of our Savior. Without researching I had personally favored Thursday, but the points in this article make sense. The exclamation point of Lazarus being resurrected on the 4th day is it was believed after 3 days a person’s spirit left their body.

    • i agree that Christ died on a wednesday… but i will differ with you on this point…the phrase ‘preparation day for the passover’ refers to preparation for the high sabbath of the unleavened bread….passover ‘day’ itself has not been called a high sabbath day…there were 2 sabbaths, the 15th of Nissan (first day of unleavened) and then the weekly sabbath….Christ was crucified ON passover…the 14th of Nissan, a wednesday in the year 31AD….
      He was laid in the tomb wed before sundown, then rose at the end of the weekly sabbath, fulfilling prophecy.
      hope this helps clarify a little…

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