Jesus Christ said He would be in the tomb for three days and three nights. What is the biblically accurate chronology of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection? This time line perfectly accommodates three full nights (Wednesday night, Thursday night and Friday night) and three full daylight periods (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). This is the only time that fits Jesus' own prophecy of how long He would be in the tomb. And fits perfectly with all the details recorded in the Gospels.
Jesus Christ ate an evening Passover meal with His disciples (at the beginning of Nisan 14, Jewish reckoning) and instituted the New Covenant symbols (Matthew:26:26-28). Jesus was then betrayed by Judas, arrested and during the night brought before the high priest.
Jesus was crucified and died around 3 p.m. (Matthew:27:46-50). This was the preparation day for the annual —not weekly—Sabbath, which began at sunset (Mark:15:42; Luke:23:54; John:19:31). Jesus' body was placed in the tomb just before sunset (Matthew:27:57-60).
This was the high-day Sabbath, the first day of the biblical Feast of Unleavened Bread (John:19:31; Leviticus:23:4-7). It is described as the day after the "Day of Preparation" (Matthew:27:62). Wednesday night and the daylight portion of Thursday were the first of three days and nights Jesus' body was in the tomb.
The high-day annual Sabbath now past, the women bought and prepared spices for anointing Jesus' body before resting on the weekly Sabbath day, which began at Friday sunset (Mark:16:1; Luke:23:56). Thursday night and the daylight portion of Friday marked the second of three days and nights Jesus' body was entombed.
The women rested on the weekly Sabbath day, according to the Fourth Commandment (Luke:23:56; Exodus:20:8-11). Jesus rose near sunset, exactly three days and three nights after His body was placed in the tomb, fulfilling the sign of Jonah and authenticating the sign He gave of His messiahship.
The women brought the prepared spices early in the morning while it was still dark (Luke:24:1; John:20:1). Jesus had already risen (Matthew:28:1-6; Mark:16:2-6; Luke:24:2-3; John:20:1). He did not rise on Sunday morning, but near sunset the day before— three days and three nights after being put in the tomb, just as He foretold.