Crucifixion could only have happened on a Thursday

CRUCIFIXION COULD ONLY HAVE HAPPENED
ON A THURSDAY©

 

ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO

Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit

 

Could the crucifixion of Jesus Christ have happened on any day of the week?

 

Let us list down criteria based on the Holy Bible (1-4) and on tradition (5-7):

1.  Day after crucifixion was a high day and a Sabbath (John 19:31).

2.  Jesus was in the tomb for three days and three nights (Matthew 12:39-41).

3.  The tomb was discovered empty on the fourth day after crucifixion.

4.  Mary Magdalene et al. bought spices for the anointing of Jesus after a Sabbath (Mark 16:1).

5.  Shops were closed during a Sabbath day.

6.  On the day before a Sabbath called Preparation Day, shops are open only in the morning.  In the afternoon, the Jews prepare for the Sabbath that would start when the sun has set.

7.  In winter, shops in the market are open from sunrise to sunset.  However, in summer when it is hot in the afternoon, shops are open from sunrise to noon, and from about three or four o’clock until about an hour or so after the sun has set.

 

Remember Lazarus?  In John 11:39, Martha, the sister of Lazarus, told Jesus when He asked to take away the stone covering the cave, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”

 

The following table shows the days of the week using the Jewish calendar wherein the day starts after sunset:

 

Crucifixion

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

1st day, high day

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Mon

2nd day

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tue

3rd day

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Discovery of empty tomb

Fri

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

 

Let us analyze each day of the week when crucifixion could have happened whether it meets all the above specifications:

 

MONDAY – Mary Magdalene et al. could have bought the spices on Wednesday or Thursday and could have gone to the tomb without having to wait for three days to pass.  Crucifixion could not have happened on Monday.

 

TUESDAY – Mary Magdalene et al. could have bought the spices on Thursday or Friday and could have gone to the tomb without having to wait for three days to pass.  In addition, the fourth day is the regular weekly Saturday Sabbath wherein the Jews had to rest until the sun has set.  Crucifixion could not have happened on Tuesday.

 

WEDNESDAY – Mary Magdalene et al. could have bought the spices on Friday morning and could have gone to the tomb afterwards during the day without having to wait for three days to pass.  Crucifixion could not have happened on Wednesday.

 

THURSDAY – If Jesus was crucified on Thursday, Friday should be a high day, a Sabbath day.  Saturday is the regular weekly Sabbath day of the Jews.  In both Friday and Saturday, the shops were closed, so Mary Magdalene et al. would not have been able to buy the spices.  On Sunday, the shops were open.  They could have bought the spices and could have gone to the tomb to anoint Jesus anytime during the day afterwards without having to wait until the next day.  But since Sunday was the Sabbath of the followers of Jesus, they did not go to the marketplace until the sun had set.  And since it was summer, the shops were open even after sunset.  This is the window of opportunity for the women to buy the spices.  After having bought the spices, they could not go to the tomb anymore since it was already dark, that is why they had to do it the following morning.  When they went to the tomb on Monday morning, they found it empty.  Jesus had already resurrected.  Crucifixion could have happened on Thursday.

 

FRIDAY – If Jesus was crucified on Friday, the next day would be the regular weekly Saturday Sabbath of the Jews, and would also be a high day.  Sunday and Monday were the second and third days that Jesus was in the tomb.  The shops were open.  Mary Magdalene et al. could have gone to the shops to buy the spices and had the whole day afterwards to go to the tomb to anoint Jesus without having to wait for three days to pass.  Crucifixion could not have happened on Friday.

 

SATURDAY – Jesus could not have been crucified on this day because this is the regular weekly Sabbath of the Jews.  It is prohibited to do any work on this day.

 

SUNDAY – If Jesus was crucified on Sunday, then Monday would have been a high day, a Sabbath day.  The shops were open Tuesday and Wednesday and the women could have bought the spices and had the whole day afterward to go to the tomb to anoint Jesus without having to wait for three days to pass.  Crucifixion could not have happened on Sunday.

 

So the only day of the week when Jesus could have been crucified was a Thursday.  The Holy Spirit who we (plural) talk to revealed that Jesus was crucified on August 17.  In 1 BC, this date was a Thursday in the proleptic Gregorian calendar.  This next day was what the Apostle John mentioned in John 19:31 as the high day Sabbath day.  August 18, 1 BC is equivalent to Elul 1, 3760 in the Jewish lunisolar calendar.  The Jews celebrated this day as the New Moon Festival and it was a Sabbath day.  August 17, 1 BC was a summer day.

 

File:  thursday.htm     URL:  http://aristean.org/thursday.htm   
First uploaded:  2009-04-04     Updated:  2014-07-30     Rev. No. 3

Copyright © 2009 Aristeo Canlas Fernando
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9 responses to this post.

  1. […] I have illustrated in https://peacecrusader.wordpress.com/2009/04/04/which-day-of-the-week-did-the-crucifixion-occur/ , Jesus could not had been crucified and died on any day of the week except on a Thursday.  None […]

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    • Posted by peacecrusader on 2009-07-30 at 9:39 pm

      Please check it again. I might have been updating it when you tried to access it. Thank you.

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  2. I agree with your views except the idea that the followers of Jesus were already observing Sunday as their Sabbath. I was confounded as a new Christian with Jesus’ promise of the sign of Jonah, “the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” I realized that Good Friday could not be correct because there are only two nights (Friday and Saturday) before the first day of the week (Sunday). I could buy the idea that any part of a day or night counted as one day or night, but not two nights and no part of a third!

    Without going into any great detail, Jesus said three days AND nights, so Friday cannot be correct. No one has to prove anything if Jesus told the truth; and we know He did.

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  3. 20100228.1235

    Dear Prodigal Knot,

    Thanks a lot for your comment.

    Why did I conclude that the followers of Jesus were already observing Sunday as their Sabbath? Because Jesus said in Matthew 12:40, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days nd three nights in the heart of the earth.” So when Jesus was buried, He was in the tomb for three days and three nights. The first day, Friday, was the New Moon Festival or Ros Hodesh on Elul 1, 3760, a sabbath day, a high day (John 19:31). The second day was the weekly Saturday Sabbath of the Jews. On both days, the shops were closed. The third day, Sunday, although the shops were open, it was the sabbath of the followers of Jesus. Hence, it was only after their sabbath that Mary Magdalene et al. were able to go to the shop and bought the sweet spices to anoint Jesus (Mark 16:1). The shops were open that evening because it was summer. During summer, the shops were open in the morning, closed from noon to about 4 pm, and reopened until past sunset because it warm and hot. And since it was already dark, they did not go to the tomb of Jesus but early the next morning.

    The Holy Spirit told us that Sunday is our Sabbath day. Sabbath of a person is also his seventh day from his birth. Hence, if one was born on Wednesday, his sabbath day would be Tuesday.

    If Sunday was the sabbath day of the followers of Jesus, Monday then would be their first day of the week, wasn’t it? Jesus was very specific when He said, “three days and three nights”, not two nights and one day.

    With love, your brother in Jesus,
    Aristeo Canlas Fernando, Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit
    Motto: pro aris et focis (for the sake of, or defense of, religion and home)
    http://aristean.org/ and https://peacecrusader.wordpress.com/
    “The Internet is mightier than the sword.”

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    • Posted by Riaan on 2014-04-26 at 7:27 am

      I also agree with your study, but do not think you answered the Prodigal Knot’s answer.
      Sunday is the first day of the week for all who Believe the Word, where in the Bible does it say that sunday is a sabbath day? As far as I know, sunday was set as a rest day by Constantine. Its got nothing to do with witch day is a persons sabbath or birthday, the word is the truth and final answer, it is we the people that made it crooked with all these other nonsense and believes. Stay true, Shalom!
      Thank you for your detailed explanation.

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      • 20140426T2345
        @Riann
        It is a spirit who we (plural) call Ama (Filipino word for God the Father) who said that Jesus was crucified and died on 08-17. His listeners follow this date. I first heard this date in 1983 when I went to the Session Hall. In 1999, I checked if what He says is true. After four years of study, I found the date to be true and correct. The proleptic Gregorian date of 08-17 is equivalent to Av 30 in the Jewish calendar. And it was a Thursday.

        Please tell me how Mark 16:1 could have happened. The Sabbath mentioned there is singular. In Matthew 28:1, the sabbath is plural, meaning there were at least two sabbaths.

        How come that John 20:19, would still be the first day of the week in the evening? The first day of the week is mentioned in John 20:1. Isn’t it that in the Jewish calendar, that day starts at sundown? If the followers of Jesus were following a Jewish calendar, John 20:19 would have been the second day of the week, isn’t it?

  4. […] I also did a study on which day of the week could Jesus had been crucified.  I found that He could not have been crucified on any day of the week except on a Thursday.  The webpage address is https://peacecrusader.wordpress.com/2009/04/04/which-day-of-the-week-did-the-crucifixion-occur/. […]

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  5. […] I also did a study on which day of the week could Jesus had been crucified.  I found that He could not have been crucified on any day of the week except on a Thursday.  The webpage address is https://peacecrusader.wordpress.com/2009/04/04/which-day-of-the-week-did-the-crucifixion-occur/. […]

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    • 20101128.2130

      Thank you for visiting, for your suggestion, and for enjoying to read the Weblog on notable findings about the crucifixion.

      I do not have any particular theme in my Weblog. I usually place there original works, my own research checking the revelations of the Holy Spirit who we (plural) talk to. I want to share what I know which may be beneficial to some other people before I finally close my eyes permanently.

      Aristeo Canlas Fernando, Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit
      Motto: pro aris et focis (for the sake of, or defense of, religion and home)
      http://aristean.org/ and https://peacecrusader.wordpress.com/
      “The Internet is mightier than the sword.”

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