faith, myths

Friday Crucifixion: Why It Matters 

I think people who want to take scripture at face value are drawn to the idea of a Wednesday crucifixion. I commend them for desiring to not simply accept whatever is tradition.

However,  the problem comes in the unanswered questions left if you assign a Wednesday crucifixion. It messes up prophecy and so many other things.

It’s easy for us Baptists to dismiss beliefs by saying, “Oh. That’s a Catholic belief.” But, in this case, a deeper look is necessary.

Is there a reason behind the Friday Crucifixion belief?

Yes, there is! It can be backed up by scripture, tradition, and even history.

We actually know now on which date Jesus was crucified based on calendars and Hebrew dates given in scripture.

This need not be a big mystery. 

This is important because it shows that the historical context of a passage can significantly impact its meaning. 

It shows us how important it is to study the scripture through the eyes of the Hebrew people. 

This is why the rules for bible interpretation include looking at the historical context. What did that phrase mean to the Hebrew people of that time (in this case “three days and three nights”)?

It’s interesting to note that –according to what I’ve read– this is only confused by Gentile believers who are unfamiliar with this idiom that is actually used over and over in the Bible (in the Old Testament,  too). The phrase “three days and three nights” is used multiple times in the Old Testament when is absolutely did not refer to a full 72 hours. It seems that even unbelieving Jews recognize that it was an idiom in the Old Testament.

If you don’t understand that there are figured of speech in scripture, you will grossly misinterpret passages.

Even the Talmud records the incident of Jesus death and says it was on Friday.

The idea that Jesus was crucified on Wednesday didn’t exist in church history until the 1800s when a creative layperson thought they knew more than the Bible scholars who had studied this topic for centuries.

Coming up with creative new theories about the Bible is never a good idea.
Click the link to view the entire article I’m sharing. This is slightly above my level to explain on my own,  but I thought it was important to share.

Did Jesus die on Good Friday? 

By Tom Brown 

It’s not necessary to know the exact day Jesus died in order to be saved; you just need to believe that He died for your sins. Knowing the day of His death is interesting, but not essential. There have been a few people who have doubted the veracity of the Bible because they misunderstand the prophecy of Christ, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matt 12:40). They say you cannot get 3 days and 3 night from a Friday crucifixion. However, the term, three days and three nights is a colloquial phrase meaning three days. It does not literally mean three full days and three full nights.
Otherwise we have a problem with another prophecy that says that Christ would rise “ON” the third day. Consider the many passages that affirm Him rising on the third day:
“They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.” (Luke 18:32-33).
‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again'” (Luke 24:7).
“They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.” (Acts 10:39-40).
And to confirm that Jesus rose, not “after” the third day, but “on” the third day, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and while they did not recognize Him as first, they told Him, “And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body” (Luke 24:21-23). Notice, that on Sunday, while the two disciples were talking to Jesus, they mentioned that today was “the third day” since all of this had taken place.
You don’t need a calculator to calculate three days. The only way to get three days to Sunday is to begin on Friday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Three days!
Some assume that in order to count a day, you must have a full 24 hour day. That is ridiculous, nor does this even make sense in our modern vernacular. For example, if I told you that I spent the day with a friend, do you assume that I spent 24 hours or at least 12 hours of the full day, beginning when the sun came up to the time when the sun went down? No! You understand by my language that I only meant that I spent some part of my day with him.
The same is true of the term three days and three nights. It does not mean you must calculate 24 hours times 3 days, thus 72 hours. That would not even make sense, since Jesus died at three in the afternoon and rose in the morning on Sunday. You cannot get an exact 72 hours from those times.

See the full article here.

Understanding the existence of parts of speech in scripture is very important. If you deny the existence of parts of speech then you will not be able to grasp the concepts in scripture. The Bible doesn’t have changing meaning. It meant the same thing in 60AD and in 500AD that it means in 2017AD.

May we have the wisdom to be workmen and to study the bible. If we are workmen, that means that it will take some work to understand it.

But it is so very worth it!


Sarah Forbes


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