Passover vs Good Friday: Did Jesus Christ Die on Friday?

The Passover vs. Good Friday

By Lungisa N Joctrey

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I have been asking myself one question that I couldn’t answer and that question is, “what is Good Friday.” The reason I asked this question is the fact that there is biblical evidence of that Jesus Christ did not die on Friday. To many people this statement is shocking and the reason for that would be due to the fact that many people do not take their time and study their bibles. It is a dangerous thing to rely on another person to read the bible for you instead of reading and searching out for truth yourself. It is not safe to take everything the pastor is saying without testing it against the word of God. People observe the Good Friday holiday due to the Christian facade that is put upon it. It is cloaked with pretentious and unbiblical celebration of the death of Christ while the Antichrist Romish agenda is being carried out by the very people that think to be doing God’s will. First of all, I will from the bible answer the question, “Did Jesus Christ die on Friday?” and lastly I will answer the question, “Should Christians celebrate Good Friday.” All scripture references will be drawn from the King James Version (KJV 1611)

Did Jesus Die on Friday?

To answer this question properly we have to look at the time in which Jesus Christ died, the time and day in which He was buried and the day in which He was raised from the dead. Over and above that we have to consider the words of Jesus Christ which He spoke concerning His death, especially, when He spoke of destroying the temple and raising it in a specified number of days and also that which He said about the sign of the prophet Jonah who was in the belly of the fish over a specified number of days and nights.

Let us first, turn our attention to the book of Matthew 12:40 “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.

And gain the Lord Jesus answers the Jews when they require a sign from Him in John 2:18-21 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.”

These words are true, seeing that the Son of God has spoken them. God who cannot lie became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ: He it is that tells the people that “… the Son of man [shall] be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” This tells us that whenever the story of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection is told it must show that He spent three days and three nights in the place of the dead. Jesus Christ spoke of those who were looking for a sign, saying that they will get none except that which has already been given, the sign of Jonah the prophet. Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so the Son of man was to be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The scribes and Pharisees would have believed in Christ if they truly knew and believed the scriptures. They should have believed on Him the more when they had received a report of that the earth shook and an angel descended from heaven and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the grave in which Jesus Christ was buried. This had been told to them by the guards who were watching the tomb. They should have remembered what He said about the sign of Jonah being in the belly of the whale. They should have remembered what the prophet Hosea said in chapter six, on the second verse,

After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”

Jesus Christ did predict His death and resurrection three times, in three different locations. The first location was Caesarea Philippi, the second was at Galilee and the third was on the road to Jerusalem.

Here are the Scripture references:

  • Caesarea Philippi                    :               Matthew 16:13-21, Mark 8:27-33, Luke 9:21-22
  • Galilee                                   :               Matthew 17:22-23, Mark 9:30-31, Luke 9:44
  • On the Road to Jerusalem       :               Matthew 20:17-19, Mark 10:23-34, Luke 18:31-33

In three of these predictions according to Matthew and Mark, Jesus stated clearly that the Son of man shall be killed and “after three days [shall] rise again.” With that being said, it is safe to say that to find out the day on which Jesus Christ died we must look for the day of His resurrection. After we have found such a day, we can then count three days backwards and we will land on the day on which Jesus died, however there might be room for error in doing so because there are two different methods that can be used to count the days, and these methods would produce two different outcomes, one of which would be correct. One method would be to count from the day of His resurrection, meaning we start by including the day of his resurrection and another way we can count is by excluding the day of resurrection, meaning we start by counting the day before the day of His resurrection.

We can find the day on which the Lord was raised from the dead in all four gospels. The gospels do mention the specific day on which Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. Let us look them.

Matthew 28:1-8

In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

  • Matthew says “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to down in the first day of the week

Mark 16:1-9

And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they anything to any man; for they were afraid. Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

  • Mark says, “…when the Sabbath was past” and in v9 he says “…Jesus was risen early the first day of the week

Luke 24:1-9

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, and returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

  • Luke says “…upon the first day of the week…

John 20:1-10

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.”

  • John say, “the first day of the week

So the Lord rose before the dawn of the first day of the week, which is the day the comes after the Sabbath day (or as it is called in the Romish calendar, Saturday). The day that comes after the Romish Saturday is the Romish Sunday. Now counting backwards, one method of counting would result to Thursday and another one would result to Friday. There is no need for us to trouble ourselves with this dilemma because we have scripture to guide us. In the scripture there is another day that is mentioned, the day and the time on which the Lord was buried and that is “preparation day”

  • Matthew 27:57-61 “When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
    • Matthew says “when the even was come,” we will look at the significance of that phrase shortly
  • Mark 15:42-46 “And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.”
    • Mark says “when the even was come, because it was preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath
  • Luke 23:50-56 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.”
    • Luke says of the day Jesus was buried “And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on.
  • John 19:38-42 “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
    • John says that they laid Jesus on that specific grave “because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

What we can gather on these four gospels is that:

– Jesus was buried at night because it is said by Matthew and Mark that “when the even was come” Joseph of Arimathaea came and requested the body of Jesus from Pilate and then went and buried it.

– Jesus was buried on “preparation day” which is the day that comes before the Sabbath. Which means Jesus was buried on Romish Friday because the Romish Friday comes before the Sabbath (which happens to be the Romish Saturday)

Days and Times In The Bible

Days

The points I’ve stated above are still not enough to help us conclude on whether Jesus Christ died on Friday or not. We need some information concerning the way days and times are counted. In the book of Genesis chapter 1, we are told how days begin.

Genesis 1:3-5 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Moses noted that when the first day was created, the order of counting days was set in motion and it is revealed in these words, “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” For the second day in verse 8, “And the evening and the morning were the second day.” The same applies to the rest of the days. The 24 hour day begins at evening and comes to end on the next evening. The 24 hour day it is divided into two portions the first one is Night and the other one is Day. The night begins at evening and the day begins at the

This is not like in the modern day where it is said that the 24 hour day begins at midnight.

Times of the Day and Hours

Just like the days, hours are also calculated differently in the bible from our modern day watches. Consider the parable of Jesus in Mathew 20: 1-16,

For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Let me draw your attention to the times the Lord is mentioning in this parable

1. early in the morning

2. third hour

3. sixth hour

4. Ninth hour

5. the eleventh hour

6. Even

The day has 12 hours and the night also, adding up to make 24 hours. Now “early in the morning” refers to the time the sun rises or modern day 06:00am. The “third hour” is 09:00am, the “sixth hour” is Noon, the “ninth hour” is 03:00pm and the eleventh hour is 05:00pm. Hear the protest made by those who were working all day from the morning until end of day, “These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.” The say that the people who were hired on the eleventh hour have work for only “one hour” which means work had stopped at the 12th hour.

Let put this in order

early in the morning    :               06:00am

third hour                         :               09:00am

sixth hour                         :               12:00pm

Ninth hour                       :               03:00pm

the eleventh hour          :               05:00pm

Even                                    :               06:00pm or Sunset

Matthew, Mark and Luke are showing us that Jesus died around the ninth hour, which means he died around 03:00pm (see Matthew 27:46-50, Mark 15:33-37, Luke 23:44-46). It is quite clear that Jesus Christ died while the sun was up, in the vicinity of the ninth hour (03:00pm) after the global darkness saga. When the evening came which happens to the beginning of the new 24 hour day, Jesus Christ was buried. So literally, He died on the afternoon of the one day and was buried on the evening of the other. We know from our earlier discussion that Jesus was buried on “preparation day” which is the day that precedes the Sabbath. We also established that preparation day is Friday, since that is the only day which comes before the Sabbath or Saturday. The information above give us a very good picture of that Jesus died at 03:00pm on the afternoon of the day that comes before preparation day, that is to say, the day before Friday which happens to be Thursday.

Now let’s paint a clear picture, Jesus Christ died at the ninth hour (03:00pm) Thursday, the even came which spelt the beginning of Friday, Jesus Christ was then buried and somewhere between the end of the Sabbath (on Sunday eve) and the dawning the first day (Sunday), He was raised from the dead and on Sunday morning He was not found in the grave.

Does this fit the three days and three night prediction?

Let us look at the tables below:

The Passover vs Good Friday (Tables)

As you can see the tables above, the three days and three nights prediction is flawlessly fulfilled. The information on Table 1.1 is based on how the Jews in biblical times counted the days and times, while Table 1.2 show the same information based on the modern day view of days and times. Both these illustrations show that Jesus Christ died on Thursday, which counts as Day 1 and was buried on Thursday night/ Friday Eve which counts as Night 1.

This information shows that Jesus couldn’t have died on Friday if he rose early before the dawning of Sunday. Good Friday makes it impossible to count three days and three nights from Friday to early Sunday morning. Thus we can draw our conclusion that Jesus died on Thursday afternoon and not on Friday.

Should Christians Celebrate Good Friday?

Seeing that we have shown from the scripture that Jesus Christ didn’t die on Friday, it quite obvious that true Christians have nothing to do with Good Friday. There is no scripture reference where we are commanded to celebrate such a holy day. Of course the bible wouldn’t say “Good Friday” but instead it could have said “Good Preparation day.” We are not ordered to celebrate such a day. We are commanded to observe the Lord’s Supper to His memory in Luke 20:19-20,

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Apostle Paul also reminds us of the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26,

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

The Holy Communion is the one we are commanded to observe in order to remember the Lord. All these Holidays: Easter, Good Friday, Christmas and others are not from the Lord and therefore Christians must avoid participating in them. It is not wrong to worship the Lord on any day but it is wrong to celebrate Good Friday or Easter in the name of the Lord. That is like worshiping the devil to the glory of God…that doesn’t work.

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