Gerhard Ebersöhn said...
Swordmaster~~It was so common in Jesus' day that Matthew and the other gospel writers simply wrote it in the understanding that their original audience well understood it. The argument is pretty much settled for those who understand Jewish feasts and the timeline beginning with the night that Jesus sat down and ate the Passover meal with His disciples - there were two Sabbaths that week, one right after the other, the yearly and the weekly. The yearly sabbath was what is called in the accounts as "the high sabbath" or "the high day," and taking the events from there, Jesus died on Friday afternoon and was buried the same day...was in the grave all day Saturday, and rose the third day in the morning (and Sunday began at sunset Saturday night).
Three days, just like He said.
To me, when someone questions how many days He was dead, even after He Himself clearly tells us.~~Swordmaster
<<just like He said>>?
Jesus did not say, <<the third day in the morning>>.
You are taking things a little too verbatim, GE. I didn't say that Jesus said, "the third day in the morning." Does my words look like a quote to you?
And the Scriptures nowhere say, <<Jesus died … and was buried the same day>>.
On the contrary, John – in fact the four Gospels Jn19:31 Lk23:50 Mk15:42 Mt 27:57 – make it clear the body of the crucified dead must, as commanded in the Law Dt21:23 Js10:26,27, be removed after sunset when the next day had begun, and “must not stay on the tree ALL, night”, but must “before sunrise be removed and that same day (after sunrise) must be buried.”
Your mistake, like everybody else’s, is that you place death and burial on the one day, the first of the “three days”. But the “three days” were as in 1Corinthians 15:3,4, “according to the Scriptures”, “first…when Christ died; next, when He was buried; next, the third day when He rose again according to the Scriptures.”
I think you fail to understand the question involved here...it doesn't really matter when He was buried, the question has to do with how many days He was dead. That is the focus of the question.
Technically, you are correct: Jesus was arrested at Thursday night after sunset, meaning according to the Jewish calendar, Friday morning.
All that night practically He was questioned, by the Sanhedrin, and "When morning came" (Mat. 27:1) He was taken before Pilot - that's Friday morning after the sun had risen.
Jesus was crucified "on the third hour" Jewish time, 9 AM our time...and died on "the ninth hour" Jewish time, 3 PM our time...Friday...the same day.
The Sabbath began at sunset on Friday night, most scholars agree that at that time of the year, it would have been around 6 pm our time, and like you said, and the NT Scriptures support, the Jews wanted His body down before the Sabbath began. So Pilot allowed Joseph of Aramathea to take His body and bury it...before sunset Friday night. Joseph had three hours (from 3 pm to 6 pm) to take Jesus' body off the cross and place Him in his own tomb, I am sure that he managed it, particularly since the Scriptures tell us so.
Therefore, He was dead Friday, all day Saturday, and "after the sabbath, in the morning" which was Sunday morning, the first day of the week, after the sun had risen, He resurrected.
3 days according to the Jewish calendar.
Again, it doesn't matter when He was buried, really, because the question was concerning how many days He was dead...and according do the Jewish calendar, the answer to that question is 3 days.