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On what day did Jesus die?


Thank you for this question asking on which day Jesus died.

All four of the New Testament Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John record that Jesus rose again on the third day from which he was killed. This was known as the first day of the week or a Sunday.

But late in the week, at the dawning into the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. (Matthew 28:1)

And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came upon the tomb, the sun having risen. (Mark 16:2)

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (Luke 24:1-3)

Therefore if he was killed on the first day, put in the tomb in to the second and rose on the third we can work backwards that Jesus was killed on a Friday.

And He said to them, "So it is written, and so it behoved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day" (Luke 24:46)

Day 3 = Sunday

Day 2 = Saturday

Day 1 = Friday.

Therefore Jesus died on a Friday and rose to new life on the Sunday.

We can see further evidence that Jesus died on a Friday, as after Jesus had died, Joseph of Arimathea sought to have Jesus buried in a new tomb he owned. We are told that he was hurrying to obtain the body of Jesus as that day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near. (Luke 23:54).

In summary, we can see that Jesus died on a Friday, was buried on Friday evening before the Sabbath began. Rather than staying in the tomb however, on the third day, that is, the day after the Sabbath (our Sunday), Jesus rose from the dead to show that he had power over sin and death!

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Matthew 28:1
  • Mark 16:2
  • Luke 24:1-3

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