The biblical timetable for the crucifixion and resurrection
To establish a basis for this timetable:
"And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God ... called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God ... saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years... And God set them in the firmament ... to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good." from Genesis 1, 5-18
"Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him." John 11, 9-10
"But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 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." Matt 12, 39-40
These scriptures seem to show three things: that the biblical understanding of a day is a full day of 24 hours, that Jesus understood this, and that Jesus stated he would be in the tomb for 3 full days. How does this align with what the visible, man-organised church claims and does? It doesn't. The man-organised church claims that the events took less than 2 days, discrediting the sign, and that the resurrection occurred on a Sunday, to justify proclaiming that as the sabbath.
As usual, the man-organised church would seem to be deliberately misleading people and trying to make the bible appear to be a non factual statement about something only the clergy can really understand and interpret for us. Or factual, but needing the "assured understanding of evangelical scholarship" (or some such nonsense) to resolve the contradictions. It might be that either the bible is correct or the organised church (which claims to be based on the bible) is correct. But not both. As an indication as to which group deals more honesty with the bible, consider the term "Easter". It is used by the visible church as a name for this festival. The word is in fact derived from the name of the pagan goddess Ishtar or Astarte, who was consort to Baal, the sun-god, and who was falsely worshipped by the idolatrous Israel as Ashtoreth... Throughout the Old Testament, God proclaims such worship as an abomination 2 Kings 23, 13 & Judges 2 11-14
With a clear understanding of what the scriptures mean by a day there is also a need to remember that the Passover festival includes its own sabbaths (high days), as did all the major festivals of Israel. Lev 23, 7. The period of time that Jesus spoke of when referring to his death and resurrection: "so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" can then be illustrated in the following time line. It shows how with regard to the crucifixion the bible is non contradictory, the events are as prophesied and the man-organised church is in error.
How did Jesus move the stone?
Was Jesus really dead?
Why, at the end of Matthew 27 and start of 28 is only one sabbath mentioned?
Perhaps they all went to the wrong tomb?
Isn't the evening and morning as a day confusing?
Yes, to us now that we have clocks and are used to counting from midnight. But for people with no clocks, sunrise and sunset were definite points in time, and mid-day was not too difficult. But mid-night? So think of evening as the start of night (dark) and morning as the start of day (light). Something that happened "at evening" happened near the end of the 24 hour interval. I think.
Is it not good enough that 3 days - Friday, Saturday and Sunday - are involved?
What of Mark 16, 9?
... and Luke 24, 21?
Aren't you just picking isolated verses to make up your own story?
Is Easter a Christian version of the Passover?
Is the "Lord's Supper" the Passover?
But "Easter" is mentioned in the New Testament!
What else is wrong about Easter?
Some relevant information sources:As I have said before, the doctrinal reliability of these references is for you to judge: I certainly do not endorse everything in any of them. Some of them are somewhat contradictory, but then we are all seeking to cut through over 1500 years of bad teaching...
The Christian Churches of God (Australia) has a document catalogue for their web site. Read "Timing of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection (No. 159)" for a much more expansive view of the sequence of events, with Gospel references. Appendix C of "The Passover (No. 98)" has a comparison of events for the Egyptian Passover and the Crucifixion week.
A more detailed examination of why the word "easter" appears in the New Testament is provided by the Trinitarian Bible Society
For another in-depth look at the resurrection timing see Eternal Church of God and Garner Ted Armstrong from two different groups formed from what was The Worldwide Church of God (publishers of the Plain Truth)
Some comments on Easter's origins from the "1 way only" web site copied on the Jackson Snyder website
Why we don't do holidays is an informative article appearing on the Waybright family's website.
The Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, by Dr Alfred Marshall, published by Samuel Bagster (1974, ISBN 0 85150 101 X)