The significance of the weekdays of the Holy Week
Craig A. Olson 4-23-2011
As the Passover lamb was chosen and kept separate on the tenth day of the month and
then slain on the 14th day (Exodus 12:1-6), Jesus was selected as the savior on the
tenth of the month (Palm Sunday) (John 12:1,12) and then crucified by the same people
on the 14th (Thursday), the day before the Passover. The first preparation day spoken
of in the gospels regarding that week was for the Passover Sabbath. There was a
double Sabbath that week. It is not possible that the crucifixion occurred on either
Wednesday or Friday. Jesus the Lamb was crucified on Thursday, the 14th day, 4 days
after His triumphal entry on the 10th day of the month.
A Jewish day began at sunset and ended at sunset. In addition, In the first century, any
part of a day was computed as the whole day and the night following it - so anything
occurring "after 3 days and 3 nights" has also occurred "on the third day." Both
examples are well represented throughout the Bible, and are very meaningful. For
example, when Queen Esther was about to risk her life by going uninvited before the
king, she instructed her fellow Jews to follow her example by not eating for 3 days and 3
nights (Esther 4:16). The text goes on to tell us that Esther went in unto the king on the
third day. Also, In Genesis 42:17, Joseph incarcerated his brothers for three days. Then,
according to verse 18, he spoke to them on the third day and released them (all but one,
that is). In 1 Samuel 30:12,13, the phrases “three days and three nights” and “three
days” are used interchangeably.
We are told Jesus was crucified in the afternoon. So the first day began at sunset after
Wednesday was finished, and the third day ended at sunset Saturday. This satisfies
both the Jewish period of three days and three nights, as well as the third day
description. The women wanted to embalm Jesus' body before the fourth day, when the
body began to decay (John 11:39 regarding Lazarus), but this was not possible on Friday
or Saturday because these were both Sabbaths. Sunday was their only opportunity, and
they set out very early in the day to do it. But by the time they reached the tomb, the
body was already gone.
A Saturday resurrection is directly representative of the upcoming Messianic Kingdom.
This is the only scenario that makes all scripture passages interlock perfectly, which is
what we as believers should always be looking for. The body of Christ represents us, the
Church. He has not come for us yet. Simple math shows the resurrection/rapture event
will occur at the start of the third day, which is also the 7th day of creation, when Christ
will preside over His one-day (Messianic) kingdom, and His Father will finally enjoy a day
of long-anticipated rest after 6 days of dealing with us jokers. Jesus' first coming
occurred 4 days (4,000 years) after the creation. Therefore, His third day lines up with
the Father's seventh day. It is no coincidence that Jesus will rise to rule for 1,000 years
while the Father rests after 6,000 years on the 7th day of history. The Millennium is the
seventh day of History Week.
There is much more evidence. But this brief study alone proves beyond the shadow of a
doubt that the first resurrection began on the seventh day, which is Saturday. It shows
the crucifixion day, the time needed between His death and resurrection, and what the
A little study in pagan history shows how the seventh day was moved to the eighth day.
Let's be careful not to get caught up in the traditions of man, especially when they
contradict the Word of God.