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Wishing Everyone a Happy "Good Thursday"

  ...That's right... Thursday

Published in Site Announcements and Updates by Kevin L. Kitchens on April 09, 2009 08:40

For Christians we are closing in on "Easter" Sunday, better named Resurrection Sunday, the day we observe that Christ arose from His earthly tomb, defeated death, and provided a means of salvation after this life to all those who believe His truth.

Growing up, I'd always heard that so-called "Good Friday" was the observance of the day when Christ was crucified and buried. Most prophecies of this historical event always just said "three day", meaning part of Friday, Saturday and Sunday counted as "three days".

But Jesus Himself said this as recorded in Matthew 12:40
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

You cannot get three days and three night from a Good Friday observance, but you do from Thursday. Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night, Friday day, Saturday day, and part of Sunday day fulfills this properly.

Also if you factor in that the Jewish Passover lambs were brought in the Sunday before (Palm Sunday) and observed four days for spot and blemish, this means they were sacrificed on Thursday as well. As Christ is the final Passover Lamb, this is completely fitting.

Finally, as it was Passover, the Jews had an additional High Sabbath which would have been on Friday before the weekly Saturday Sabbath. No work could have been performed on such a Holy day, including the burial and tending to His body.

So there's a brief lesson as we observe the real reason for the "Easter" holiday. It's amazing how many traditions are actually contrary to truth when you check them out.

However you spend Easter, I hope you find time to be in church. Worshipping if you're a Christian. Learning if you're not yet.

May God bless you this season!

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Joe Beaner commented on April 09, 2009 17:01:
The problem with the proper understanding of the time Jesus died on the cross and the time He Resurrected is based on a faulty interpretation of Scripture. No one had wristwatches in those days however a proper accounting of time was important. Three days is not necessarily 72 hours. One day is not necessarily 24 hours. As our day starts at Midnight, the day of the Jews 2000 years ago started at 9:00 PM. Between 9:00 PM on Friday night to 9:00 PM on Saturday night was "one day". Jesus died on the cross
Joe Beaner commented on April 09, 2009 17:08:
at 3:00 PM. Between then and 9:00 PM is the first day. The third day started at 9:00 PM on Saturday night and went to 9:00 on Sunday night. This is the third day. Matthew, Luke, and Paul say that Jesus arose on the third day. Are these men lying to us? Even the story of Jonah being swalled by a giant fish does not contradict the Easter story. Why would any Christian doubt what the Bible has told us is true?
Kevin L. Kitchens commented on April 09, 2009 18:21:
There is no doubt that the Bible is true. The doubt is that the tradition of "Good Friday" is true when Easter fits the Truth of God's Word. Thanks Joe for taking time to share your thoughts.
Kevin L. Kitchens commented on April 09, 2009 18:22:
Ultimately though, Thursday or Friday is not relevant to Salvation. It is however, just another in a long line of issues where man has put his thoughts before His thoughts.
Joe Beaner commented on April 10, 2009 14:13:
Kevin, I have found that there are those that attempt to tear down the Bible in any conceivable means. They might start with what they consider a crack and see how wide they can open it.
Kevin L. Kitchens commented on April 10, 2009 16:11:
Yep. It's sad really. I prefer to stick with the Truth (The Bible is not contradictory) and trust in God.

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