There have been different beliefs as to what day of the week Jesus was crucified, it is widely believed to be Friday, but there is a number of people that believe it was Thursday then there are those that cling to Wednesday as the actual day of His crucifixion.

Friday is the day believed by most because of the Scripture concerning the Sabbath day!

Luke 23:54, It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

Thursday is usually because of the very words of Jesus- being 3 days and 3 nights in the grave!

Matthew 12:40, 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 the heart of the earth.

Plus there was a High Sabbath that year which was in addition to the regular Sabbath (Saturday) which is argued by the Wednesday believers.

Wednesday also uses the words of Jesus with the actual 24 hour day mentioned in Genesis during Creation, plus the following info!

Mark 15:42 And now when the even was come (late afternoon – the sun was getting ready to go down) , because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath (the High Sabbath or Holy Day – the Feast of Unleavened Bread),

Mark 15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved (begged) the body of Jesus.

Luke 23:53 And he (Joseph of Arimathaea) took it (the body of Jesus) down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
Luke 23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath (the High Sabbath or Holy Day – the Feast of Unleavened Bread) drew on (the sun was going down).
Luke 23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.

They got Jesus’ body covered and into the tomb just as the sun slipped below the horizon. Jesus is now in the earth and the clock begins.

Luke 23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment. A better translation would be:
And they rested the Sabbath day (the High Sabbath or Holy Day – the Feast of Unleavened Bread), and then returned to purchase and prepare the spices and ointments and then again rested the Sabbath day (the Regular weekly Sabbath) according to the commandment.

They had to wait till the High Sabbath and following night passed, before going to the market to purchase embalming materials. Then they had to prepare everything. Evidently this took all day and then they had to again stop for the Regular weekly Sabbath to pass as well as the night time portion of the 1st day of the week so that they would have the light of day to work in the tomb.

Mark 16:1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.

John 20:1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

It would have been impossible for her to purchase the spices before light- and would have been ridiculous to think she bought them after finding He had risen!

It is believed that Jesus was born around 4 BC. It is also believed He was about 33 1/2 when crucified . That His ministry started when He was 30 and it lasted 3 1/2 years.

Christ’s crucifixion took place sometime during the time Pontus Pilate served as governor of Judea province for the Roman Empire between 26AD to 36AD.

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When we look at the dates of that time we must take into consideration of that the calendar went through some changes:

 

The Gregorian calendar, also called the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is the internationally accepted civil calendar. It was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom the calendar was named, by a decree signed on 24 February 1582.

 

Why was it named after him? Because he found a discrepancy in the Julian calendar which was being used: 

The motivation for the Gregorian reform was that the Julian calendar assumes that the time between vernal equinoxes is 365.25 days, when in fact it is presently almost exactly 11 minutes shorter. The error between these values accumulated at the rate of about three days every four centuries, resulting in the equinox being on March 11 (an accumulated error of about 10 days) and moving steadily earlier in the Julian calendar at the time of the Gregorian reform.

Therefore Pope Gregory changed it to correct the missing 10 days. On Thursday October 4th, 1582 the change was made so people woke Friday October 15th, 1582. When we look at the calendar prior to those years we must add 10 days to know the correct day we are examining.

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14th day of Nisan converted to Gregorian added the 10 days for correction
3786 March 21, 26 (Thursday) March 31 (Sunday) X
3787 April 8, 27 (Tuesday) April 18 (Friday)
3788 March 28, 28 (Sunday) April 7 (Wednesday)
3789 April 15, 29 (Friday) April 25 (Monday) X
3790 April 4, 30 (Tuesday) April 14 (Friday)
3791 March 25, 31 (Sunday) April 4 (Wednesday)
3792 April 13, 32 (Sunday) April 23 (Wednesday)
3793 April 2, 33 (Thursday) April 12 (Sunday) X
3794 March 21, 34 (Sunday) March 31 (Wednesday)
3795 April 9, 35 (Saturday) April 19 (Tuesday) X
3796 March 28, 36 (Wednesday) April 7 (Saturday) X
I placed a blue X on those days that was impossible years, 26, 29, 33, 35 and 36

Also if you notice I used the day Nisan 14th. That is because that was the day they were supposed to eat the Passover meal.

Leviticus 23: 5 “‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between sundown and complete darkness, comes Pesach for ADONAI.

Numbers 9: 1 The LORD spoke to Moses in the Desert of Sinai in the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt. He said, 2 “Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time. 3 Celebrate it at the appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, in accordance with all its rules and regulations.” 4 So Moses told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover, 5 and they did so in the Desert of Sinai at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. The Israelites did everything just as the LORD commanded Moses.

First lets recognize that until after the 70 years in captivity the first month was called Abib, after the time in Babylonian captivity it was called Nisan.

Now the problem, did He eat the passover meal or was it a different meal, and on what day was it eaten?

John18: 28 Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to eat the Passover.

Guess the meal He ate with His disciples wasn’t the Passover so many of us have believed. See Friends, He was the Passover Lamb from the beginning of time! So He was crucified on the 14th day of Nisan for you and I in accordance with God’s Law!

Now in 27 & 30 the 14th fell on Friday and 28, 31, 32 & 34 it fell on Wednesday.

So it would seem that Wednesday would be the day agreeing with Jesus’ Words: For as Jonah was in the belly of the earth 3 days and three nights so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth 3 days and 3 nights.

The Bible doesn’t refer to Him rising that Sunday morning, but that the women went to the grave that morning to find He had ALREADY risen. Those that believe it was on Friday will change the word day to reflect part of a day etc, however they NEVER refer to Jesus “also” saying three nights. God in Genesis said:

Gen. 1: 5 God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”

So it was quiet clear Jesus was talking about 3 light and 3 dark periods of a 24 hour day. Making, with all the other things we have examined, to be Wednesday as the day of the week Jesus was crucified.

Why is it people try to confuse the Bible? It says what it means and it means what it says!

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