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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Passion Week: Wednesday

The Scriptures are silent on what happened on Wednesday of the Passion Week. We can deduce that Jesus might have rested after his confrontation with the Pharisees on the previous day and also made plans to observe the Passover. Certainly the upcoming events were weighing heavily on Jesus' mind so He may also have been in much prayer on this day.

There is much debate over which day Jesus was crucified. Tradition, of course, holds that Jesus was crucified on Friday. However, there is a significant minority of people who hold that Jesus was crucified on Wednesday. Their position is derived largely from Matthew 12:40 where Jesus said, “For as Jonas 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.” It is a simple argument that there are not “three days and three nights” between Friday and Sunday. Advocates of this theory argue for a strict understanding there must be 72 hours between the crucifixion and the resurrection.

I tend to not agree. The Bible says in many more places that Jesus rose on the third day. If the Wednesday crucifixion were true, it means Jesus would have been raised on the fourth day.

If the Scriptures are ambiguous concerning the day of the week the crucifixion occurred, them I am happy to remain uncommitted. I have my opinion, but ultimately the question of which day it was is of no consequence. It is sufficient to know that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).


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