As a brief review, Jesus was anointed at Bethany 6 days before Passover. (John 12:1- 8). During this period of time Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt, drove the money changers from the temple, instituted the Lord’s Supper, then His agony in the Garden. 

     As we study the life of Christ we must keep one thing foremost in our mind – His intent was to fulfill the prophecies and die on the cross. Read very carefully John 12:23 – 33. Jesus starts by saying the time has come for Him to be glorified. Then in the end of this series of verses Christ is explaining that if He is lifted up He will draw all men unto Himself, signifying the nature of His death. 

     The notion that the Jews considered a “portion of a day” as being “day” is not substantiated by scripture. God does not play with words and does not use words unnecessarily. When Joshua prayed for the sun to stand still, the Bible tells us that God answered his prayer. Scripture says, “. . . . So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down ABOUT a whole day.” (Joshua 10:13b) May I ask this – what do you suppose is the significance if of the word “ABOUT”? Is it possible it just might indicate NOT a whole day? That would have to mean if the word ABOUT had not been used, the sun stood still for a WHOLE DAY! If not, why not?

     John 12:1 does not say “. . . . Jesus ABOUT 6 days before the Passover came to Bethany . . .” It says 6 days. Also, as Jesus was preparing to institute the Lord’s Supper, He said, “Ye know that AFTER two days is the Feast of the Passover. . . .” (Matthew 26:2b) He did not say “after ABOUT two days”. 

     No where do any of the Gospel writers say Christ would be in the grave ABOUT three days and three nights. Matthew expresses it in the absolute positive THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS! (Matthew 12:40). Mark 8:31, expresses it as ". . . after three days rise again", which is really the same as Matthew, since in Jewish reckoning of time, the night, starting at 6 p.m., comes before the day. 

     We now turn our attention back to where Jesus and the disciples observe the Last Supper. Judas has left the scene, then Jesus and the disciples remaining sung a hymn and went out into the Mount of Olives, which is where impetuous Peter cut off an ear of Malchus, servant of the High Priest. Jesus healed him and told Peter to put away his sword that He had to drink of this cup, i.e. go to the cross. (John 18:10, 11). Christ further said He could call 12 legions of angels, but that the scriptures MUST be fulfilled. Matthew 26:53 – 56. 

     Jesus is now humiliated with being taken before various authorities. Ultimately Christ is back before Pilate where his hand is forced to allow Jesus to be executed by the Romans at the demands of the Jews. Because the scene is now during the Day of Preparation two things are afoot: FIRST – the Day of Preparation is when the Sacrificial Lamb is slaughtered and burned (roasted) for the Passover which takes place the very next day. SECOND – since all crucified bodies had to be off the crosses and buried before the High Sabbath (first day of Passover) commenced, there was rush to get the bodies down and buried before sundown, which is when the Day of Preparation (Wednesday) ended and the High Sabbath (first day of Passover) started. 

     During this same period of time the Sacrificial Lamb was slaughtered and roasted at 3 P.M. (the 9th hour). Christ was on the cross at the 9th hour. There was darkness across the land at this time. This prevented the Jews from being able to see how to secure the Sacrificial Lamb for the slaughter and burning, because Christ was now the “Lamb of God Who takes who takes away the sin of the world”. (John 1:29).  Then there was an earthquake in which the veil in the Most Holy Place was torn from TOP TO BOTTOM! (Matthew 27:51. God would no longer be meeting with the High Priest behind the veil in the Most Holy Place. Christ, our High Priest is now at the right hand of God, which is now the Holy Place. 

     Under the Law of Moses sin was not forgotten. Each year when the Lamb Without Blemish was offered sins were remembered annually. With Christ's sacrifice on the cross sins are forgotten for all of time and eternity - Praise God! One only has to RSVP - accept His sacrifice personally.


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