Today is Good Friday – in Australia, at least; it’s still the day before in some parts of the world. Today, many Christians celebrate and remember Yehoshua ha’Mashiach/Jesus the Christ’s death by crucifixion on a Friday, and His resurrection 3 days later on a Sunday.
BUT – it’s all a myth. No, Yeshua’s crucifixion and resurrection is absolutely NOT a myth in any way, shape or form – nor is it “non-literal”, as some absurdly claim. However, the tale of “Good Friday” is a myth. Allow me to elaborate.
The Bible is clear that Jesus was raised on a Sunday. More specifically, Saturday night. And since in Biblical times days were counted from sunset to sunset, what we call Saturday night was in fact Sunday – or to use the Biblical phrase, “first day of the week”. (There was no “Sunday sunrise resurrection”; it was during the night.) And it is made clear that Jesus was dead for THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS.
Think about that for a moment. THREE DAYS (and nights). How in the blue blazes do you fit 3 days and 3 nights between FRIDAY AFTERNOON and SATURDAY NIGHT?!?!?! The simple fact of the matter is that YOU DON’T!!!!!
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:38-40
But later on two came forward, and said, “This one (man) stated, I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.” Matthew 26:60-61
Now on the next day, which is the one after the day of preparation (after the eve of the Sabbath), the Chief Priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate. And they said to him, “Sir, we recall that the deceiver said when he was still alive, ‘After three days I will arise.’ Therefore, command to guard the tomb until the third day, lest his disciples should come and steal Him away in the night and say to the people that he has risen from the grave, and the last deception be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have guards; go guard it just as you know how.” Then they went to guard the tomb; and together with the guards, they sealed that stone.” Matthew 27:62-66
Using simple math, one can deduce that Yeshua was crucified on a WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. Here’s a helpful chart I found.
But wait – doesn’t the Bible claim He was crucified the day before the Sabbath?
And now when the evening was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Shabbat [Sabbath], Yoceph of Ramah [Joseph of Arimathea], an honourable counseller, which also waited for the Kingdom of YAHUAH [The Lord], came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of YAHSHUA [Jesus]. (Mark 15:42-43, Eth-Cepher)
And that day was the preparation, and the Shabbat drew on. (Luke 23:54 Eth-Cepher)
How does one resolve this “contradiction”? Actually, John does.
The Yahudiym [Jews/Judeans] therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Shabbat, (for that Shabbat was a high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. (John 19:31 Eth-Cepher)
“High day” is a Biblical feast from Leviticus 23. Some of these feasts and their first and last day (or in the case of some one-day feasts, their only day) as a High Sabbath, which could fall on any day of the week – depending on which day the feast began, and which day it ended. The Gospels are quite clear that Yeshua was crucified on Passover, i.e., the 14th of Aviv. (And the fact that He ate the Passover the night before – i.e. at the BEGINNING of the 14th – ONCE AND FOR ALL settles the dispute as to whether the Passover is to be eaten on the 14th or 15th – the 14th.) Leviticus 23 informs us that the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread – THE NEXT DAY (therefore the day after Yeshua’s crucifixion) – is a High Sabbath. Problem solved!
Yeshua was crucified on a Wednesday, making Good Friday a myth. If you want to celebrate/remember Jesus’ sacrifice, celebrate Passover! (As God commands.) Easter has nothing to do with Jesus (although that’s a topic for Sunday.)