The truth about Jesus' death and resurrection is very different from what most Christians believe.
[Darris McNeely] Was Jesus Christ resurrected on Easter Sunday morning after having been killed on a Good Friday afternoon? The answer is no. Whatever you've learned, whatever you've been taught about that topic from your church and your religious studies does not match up with Scripture.
Let's read Matthew 12:40 Matthew 12:40For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
American King James Version×, and notice something here. Christ was challenged by some to give a sign as to who He was. He said, "An evil adulterous generation seeks after a sign. There's only going to be one sign that you will know that I am the Messiah. It's the same sign as Jonah." He said that, "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." Three days and three nights. It's the only sign Jesus gave that He was the Messiah. Now when you look at the gospel accounts of the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ with all the Scriptures put together, it's very clear the week that Jesus died shows us a very different story than the one that you have been taught and may still believe.
Jesus Christ had a Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was arrested and crucified. He was betrayed by Judas Iscariot at 9 a.m. the next morning, which was actually the 14th day of the month when the Passover's services were to be held. He was crucified. He died at 3 p.m.. And yet they put his body into the grave, according to Scripture, before sundown or right at sundown on that 14th day. So as that day was ending, dawning to what was called a Sabbath and in reality was a holy day, the first day of what is called the Days of Unleavened Bread, His body was in the tomb and remained there for one full day and one full night. The next day was a Friday, the 16th day of the Hebrew calendar. His body was still in the grave all day and again all night. That's two days and two nights. The third day was a weekly Sabbath, a Saturday, that week. Christ's body was in the grave through the night all that day. And then at the very end of the day, after three days and three nights in the grave is when Jesus Christ was resurrected. Not the next day on Sunday morning as the Easter tradition says.
So, we have one day, one night, two days and two nights, three days and three nights. It's all in the Scripture. It's all in the Bible. Check it out. Jesus was not resurrected on Easter Sunday. That's a tradition that was added later on. The truth opens up the true understanding of who Jesus Christ was, why he came, and what his life, death, and resurrection means. Check out your belief, and check it out with your Bible.
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