Jehovah`s Witness/Resurrection

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Was Jesus resurrection after three full days or parts of three days? Can you name the days, like the day he died and the day he was Resurrected?

Tony

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Hello, Anthony.  And thank you for writing with your question.

The question you have asked, is one that there is disagreement on, even among true Christians.  I don't mind sharing with you the day that I believe best fits the evidence, and also, the evidence for the other days, as well.

Basically, there are 3 days that various Christians hold to, as the day in which Jesus was crucified.....

1.  Wednesday

2.  Thursday

3.  Friday

Friday is the day that TRADITION tells us that He died, and the day that is most commonly held by most Christians.  That is not my view.  However, I do not believe this is an issue that should EVER be a point of contention among Christians, or one that brethren should fall out over.  The most important issue is not what day He died, but rather, THAT He died.  The day of His death is an interesting topic to research, but is not vital to salvation.

Each one of the days has its own set of points, that its proponents use to "prove" that they have the correct day.  That being said, I believe that the WEAKEST of the 3 is Friday, the evidence for Thursday is stronger, and the evidence for Wednesday is the strongest.  So, I hold to Jesus' crucifixion taking place on Wednesday, although Thursday has some possible merit, as well.

The problem with Friday, is this passage of Scripture....

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."

If you look at that verse from a common-sense perspective, there is NO possible way to get 3 days AND 3 nights, squeezed into Friday-Sunday.  Friday proponents have tried to get around this obvious issue, by claiming that Jews reckoned ANY part of a day (even 1 minute), as a "day and a night".  This explanation simply isn't very satisfying.  

Furthermore, there is simply no good reason to place the crucifixion on Friday.  Some try to say it must've been Friday, because it was the day before the Sabbath, which was on Saturday.  However, this was not the weekly Sabbath.  In fact, John 19:31 makes it clear that this was a different Sabbath....

John 19:31-  "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,)"

The term "high day", would not have been used to simply describe the weekly Sabbath.  This was a special Sabbath....In this case, the Passover Sabbath.  

Beyond that, commonly held tradition is pretty much the main reason that so many Christians hold to Friday.

And let me also state that, while Jesus' death and bodily resurrection are Scriptural facts, there is nothing definitive in Scripture, that tells us which day they occurred on.  In fact, Jesus could have risen anytime around 6:00 p.m. or thereafter, on Saturday night.  By the time we have any recorded events in the Bible happening on Sunday morning, Jesus had already bodily risen from the tomb.  We don't know what time this occurred.

I will now give you links for all 3 points of view, and there are others available, as well.  My position is Wednesday, although I cannot rule out Thursday, either.  But I want to give you the option of studying all 3 views, and determining for yourself, which one you believe most fits the Scriptural accounts.

In support of a Friday crucifixion….

http://www.letusreason.org/doct10.htm


In support of a Thursday crucifixion….

http://www.greatpreachers.org/jesus_death.html


In support of a Wednesday crucifixion….

http://www.rapturechrist.com/did_christ_die_on_friday.htm


Again, this is not an issue that I would want to see Christians get into a heated argument about.  The most important 2 events in history, are the death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The day they occurred, is not what matters.  What we do with His death and resurrection in our own lives, does matter.

I hope this has helped.  Take care, and have a great day.


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I was raised in the religion known as Jehovah`s Witnesses for 13 years. Since becoming a born-again Christian, I have researched extensively this religion, especially their doctrines and their history. I can answer questions about their doctrines from the perspective of Biblical Christianity. To be clear: Jehovahs Witnesses is the religion of my upbringing, though I myself was never baptized into the religion, nor have I ever been considered as a Jehovahs Witness.

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29 years of Biblical research into the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, and how they differ from the teachings of the Watchtower.

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I would advise each questioner to this forum, to carefully READ the profiles of the various volunteers. There are several such as myself, who are not practicing JWs, but will provide you with an accurate and honest answer, regarding JW teaching. If we don't know the answer, we will try to research and get it for you. There are also some excellent practicing JWs here, who also endeavor to give you a factual and honest answer, based on their point of view. I believe by getting both points of view, the questioner can weigh the evidence for themselves, and make an informed decision. Unfortunately, there are also 3 here who claim to be JWs, but do NOT give honest, or well-researched answers. They will tell you only what they want you to believe, and they often hide facts about the history of their religion, as well as print untruths about other people's beliefs. This is done in an attempt to deceive the unsuspecting reader. It can be easily seen who these 3 are, simply by reading the public posts and "answers" which they write. Their posts will normally be filled with personal attacks, and if you question them about some teaching or aspect of the Watchtower that makes them uncomfortable, they will often reject your question, question your motives for asking it, tell you that you have been reading "apostate" sites, or turn the conversation into an attack on another expert. These ones are better avoided, as there is nothing to be gained by way of positive discussion, as they are not interested in intelligent conversation, or honest dialogue. If after reading the forum, you still have any questions as to who they are, just ask me, and I will be happy to tell you. And I can also provide documentation of their willful dishonesty. One thing is for certain...in a forum where people from both sides claim to be "Christians", there should never be any willful lying. Such ones only create a distraction in the forum, and provide nothing of any real value.

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High School, some college. Studies of God's Word, the Bible, and how it compares to JW theology. I have found my own personal study and experiences to be far more valuable than any formal education or training. The Bible message is clear...Salvation is ONLY through and by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and no religious organization has a thing to do with it. While attendance at a Bible-preaching, Bible-believing church is a must for spiritual growth and fellowship, no church can grant salvation to its members. Nor is joining a particular group a prerequisite for being saved.

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