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In Praise of Good...Wednesday

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Many churches observed what has become known throughout history as holy week, the period of time between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday. Traditionally, the week begins with a remembrance of Yeshua's triumphal entry into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover and moves into the somber recollection of his arrest, conviction and crucifixion in the latter part of the week known as the triduum. Like many of the church traditions that have been proclaimed and celebrated for 1700 years, there is no basis in the bible for a Friday crucifixion and Jesus' own words point to an earlier day when he became our Passover upon the cross.

Matthew 12:40 states: “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the huge fish, so the Son of Man shall be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. “ A day in the Jewish calendar begins at sundown and continues to the next sundown. Armed with this knowledge, one can only conclude there is no way Jesus could have been crucified on what has become known as Good Friday. The reason for this is that sundown Friday would have completed Friday and Saturday would have completed just two days for Christ to be in the heart of the earth. The notion of a Friday crucifixion most likely began when the church desired to convert pagans celebrating the festival of ishtar, who represented love and fertility. To co-opt the festival the church established the three days as Thursday, Friday and Saturday, however that leaves out the three nights.

At the time of Christ's arrest, death and burial Jews were celebrating Passover, which is the meal Jesus ate with his disciples and came to be known as the last supper. Pesach concluded on Tuesday at Sundown. Freed from the solemn requirements of the holiday the chief priests, pharisees and scribes arrested Jesus, held an illegal trial under the cover of darkness and beat him with the closed fist. He was presented to Pilate and given over to the Jews for crucifixion and gave up his spirit on Wednesday afternoon. Joseph of Arimethea and another man took down the body of Jesus, wrapped him in burial strips and laid him in the tomb by sundown Wednesday. Therefore, his body lay entombed Thursday, that night, Friday and that night and Saturday and that night. This fulfilled the prophecy Yeshua himself spoke and recorded by Matthew.

Traditions are hard to break, but the evidence is in scripture that supports a Wednesday crucifixion. That is why it is so important to learn, study and discern God's word through the entire bible chapter and verse. Be blessed as you read the word of God and search thoroughly for its meaning in truth.

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