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

    You also added another Doubt “perhaps Thursday”
    Remove perhaps from your mind say boldly Wednesday.

  2. What doesnt add up is that you dont understand the Jewish term 3 days and 3 nights. Any part of a day is considered a day and a night. The term 3 days and 3 nights just means a continuous period and not a stop and go period like 3 days would be. People are such blahtering fools that interpret the ancient culture and language from what they know of their own language and culture. Shame on you!

  3. Bias and conservative thought forbid to know the Truth and there won’t be any peace in their souls. Person gets peace when he finds the truth and walks in the way of truth. We should not believe blindly anything, we need to find out which is right, truth .

  4. Tama po,hindi natin kelangan pagtalunan ang ang mga bagay n hndi naman kelangan pag talunan o pag usapan,dahil hindi naman dyan nababatay ang ating kaligtasan but through JESUS CHRIST our lord writtin in the bible by apostle paul in the book of acts chapter 4 verse 12

  5. Creation
    Evening and Morning the first day- days begin from evening to evening. Considering Ephesians 3:9-10 to make all men understand the connection of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, WHO CREATED ALL THINGS BY JESUS CHRIST. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the many-sided wisdom of God. Now,lets deal with Jesus’statement in Matthew 12:40 For as Johah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
    My guess is that Jesus knows what three days and three nights are.
    So, when did Jesus institute the New Covenant? When Nisan 13 ended at evening, Jesus told the disciples to prepare the Passover. He instituted in the evening right after Nisan 13 had passed. After they ate Jesus went to the garden to pray, when his agony of prayer was over, he was ready to be taken for his suffering for mankind, after the treatment of the Sanhedrien and meeting with Pilate, scourging, Jesus was placed on the cross and 9:00 am and died at 3:00 pm and placed in the tomb before the High Sabbath of Unleavened Bread.
    So who is in control of these times? II Corinthians 5:17-19 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are OF GOD, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; THAT IS, that God WAS IN CHRIST reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has COMMITTED unto us the word of reconciliation.
    Three days and three nights, Jesus rose at the end of the seventh day Sabbath and Jesus will never die again. Meaning he has entered an eternal Sabbath.
    John 17:2, 5,8 ,17 As thou (Father) have given me,Jesus, power over all flesh, that he (I,Jesus) should give eternal life to as many as you Father have given me. And now, Father, glorify thou me alongside thine own self with the glory which I had WITH THEE BEFORE THE WORLD WAS.For I, Jesus, have given unto them the words which thou gave me and they have received them and have known surely THAT I CAME OUT OF THEE…. Sanctify (Father) them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
    Exodus 31:13 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, My Sabbaths you shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that YOU MAY KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD THAT DOES SANCTIFY YOU.
    Mark 2:27-28 Jesus said, the Sabbath was made for man….Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.
    II Corinthians 5:15-16 And that Jesus died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again. Wherefore we regard no man according to the flesh; yet though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now from this time forward we know him (like this) no more.
    Hebrews 4:3-5,10-12 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as God said, As I have sworn in my wrath (those in unbelief) they shall not enter into my rest: ALTHOUGH THE WORKS WERE FINISED FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. For He spoke in a certain place of the seventh day this way, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And IN THIS PLACE again, those of unbelief shall not enter into my rest. For he that is entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works as God did from his. Let us be diligent to enter into rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelievers. For the word of God is alive and powerful and shaper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTIONS OF THE HEART..


  7. Wow, all this fighting, I think evnoyree has forgotten the true meaning of life. God sent his ONLY Son here to bring us all peace and forgiveness God owns it All. Were just here for a short time. We will all face Him to be judged. That’s not our job . It’s HIS! Praise be to God on high! Do you all seriously think arguing and killing each other is what He wanted for us? He will come claim HIS Holy Land when He is ready.

  8. 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

  9. Karen is completely right.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

    • Marieta
      Go to the head of the class, you are right.
      Late burial on the 14th (day of preparation)
      and very early resurrection on the 18th,first
      day of the week. Three full nights and three
      full days.

  12. 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…

      • I agree totally :)

        • Umar Ahmed says:

          Why has the Christendom been celebrating good Friday? You are creating or adding your own idea into the bible ? The bible says whore to you for adding or deleting from the bible. Did god make that mistake? Shame on you.

        • so you think Jerusalem belongs to Israel beuscae of History??? i’m assuming you think Israelis wer there first or something. there actually is history that the palestinians were there and they were in Jerusalem b4 Israel. a century ago who lived in Jerusalem?so believe in History! HIstory tells us Palestinians lived in Jerusalem b4 a state of Israel was illegally created and still not including Jerusalem .

      • Umar Ahmed says:

        So all these years Christians have been deceived that Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Eh !! When and where did you get the Wednesday crucifixion? Because you are trying to escape the fact that Jesus was not crucified nor killed. You can not get the 3 days and 3 night fact if he was crucified on a Wednesday. All Christians have the courage to say and accept the truth Jesus was not crucified. Therefore , issue of resurreaction is does not arise at all.

        • Umar brother, go to a site that will answer for muslims having questions. They can answer you openly and honest with no agenda to keep you in the Ummah so you do not leave. All cults do not want there followers to leave and will stop you by force if they can. Interesting that all other religions do not do this except cults. If you are fortunate enough to live in a free nation where the convictions of your heart about your worship are not forced on you – then find the truth brother! Do not just comment on sites with closed heart or brainwashed mind because you are not seeking truth yourself, but being told what to believe.

          It is not beneficial for your soul.

          Your soul is eternal brother…

          Be sure you have answers correct. Let no Imam or high Mullah or Sheikh tell you answers and you blindly follow. It is *your* eternal soul brother. Just seek with open heart and spirit and you will find TRUTH if you only humble yourself and pray and ask God to place protection around you spiritually while you openly seek the truth, and show your heart the truth through His Holy Spirit that your eyes do not see and your ears have not heard and your mind has been blocked from understanding because of what you have been told your whole life. This is not easy to do because really opening your heart and be unbiased is hard for us who have been told what to think our whole lives. Even told it is against our religion to read things or talk about things they say is not .

          It is YOUR SOUL.

          How will you know or find the truth if you do not look for it? Hardest thing to do is this because it takes strength to recognize truth when you have lived so long in untruth… being honest with yourself can be the hardest thing to ever do. And deep down in your soul you can feel there is something wrong… something missing… it is hard…

          Go to the site Answering Islam for answers to your questions or comments.

          And concerning Esa’s crucify & resurrection, go to this site also for information on the time and day for crucifixion was. Decide for yourself.

          People today do not consider time today the way they did in old Middle Eastern days. This is why you are seeing different opinions on it. Personally, I dont care what day or time because we argue these things but in the end its about what it means and thats all that matters in the end on the day you stand before Holy God and he judges your sin and sinful excesses and lusts and actions.

          But take into consideration the oldest traditons from ancient times before our own. Father Abrahim was from the beginning and what was he? Know your beginnings and try to open your mind and heart to understand the truth and where in time the truth was taken and made into a political gain. The poem Waraqa ibn Nawfal wrote about people being at first on the right path and then being deceived and going into the gardens is as true today as it was in the time of mohammed (pbuh).

          You must look at the character of yourself and your examples for your heart and soul… Consider and examine your heart and soul and what do you think would be pleasing to a Holy God who created and gave life to all mankind… is it ours to murder and take life God has given? Is it ours to force when even God has given freely each his or her own choice to accept or refuse Him? Even given this choice to all from the time of Father Abrahim?

          ….one man lived by the sword, one took a sword and put it away, One man lived a sinless life, and one man lived his life in excess and sexual sin. One man killed many and shed innocent blood because people did not agree with him, and One died for and gave his own innocent blood for all men’s sin…

          • JesusChrist.comUnity says:

            The Bible says only God is immortal. ”He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality…” (1 Tim 6:15-16)

        • The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, soon the son of Maryam will decensd among you [according to another report: the Hour will not begin until the son of Maryam decensds among you] as a just judge. He will break the cross, kill the pigs and abolish the jizyah, and money will become abundant until no one will accept it.”

    • in Mark 16 and he would be healed. This would pobabrly be a great enough sign’ for him to imeadiatly believe in Jesus Christ. Yet because the Kingdom gospel is not being preached today, and we are now in a different dispensation (The Age of Grace) No Christian has the gift of healing. All we can do is pray that God heals him, either directly or indirectly (by sending him good Physicians and Medicines) . Amen. The reality is we ourselves and all our friends and loved ones will one day surcum to some dread Malady. We have an apointment. After this the judgement. Tony has a short time to consider these things. I pray God convicts his soul.

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