This is the time of year when scholars and saints alike have armed themselves with arguments. This is their time to argue over whether Jesus died on Friday and how do you get three days and three nights in the grave? Breathe! You don’t have to believe that Jesus died on a Friday in order to be saved. Did you read that? The Christ, The Cross and The Crucifixion, not civil calendars shape our faith and its claims.
You must believe that Jesus was raised on “the third day” in order to be saved. Jesus never prophesied or promised that He would die on a Friday. What Jesus prophesied and promised was to come back from death on the third day. This revelation and doctrine is essential to the person, work and ministry of Jesus. If Jesus did not rise from death on the third day he is a false prophet and our faith is a fraud. Howbeit, Jesus is not false and our faith is not fraudulent. The Scriptures are replete with the revelation of The Resurrection.
Matthew 12:40: … For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Matthew 16:21: From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how the he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Matthew 17:23: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again.
Matthew 20:19: And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.
Matthew 26:61: And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
Matthew 27:63: Saying, Sir, we remember that this deceiver said, while he was yet alive, after three days I will rise again.
Mark 8:31: And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and killed and after three days rise again.
Mark 9:31: For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
Mark 10:34: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
Mark 14:58: We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.
Mark 15:29: And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days….
Luke 13:32: And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
Luke 18:33: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
Luke 24:7: Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
Luke 24:21: But we trusted it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
Luke 24:46: And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it was fit for Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day.
John 2:19: Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple [His body], and in three days I will raise it up.
Acts 10:40: Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly.
1 Corinthians 15:4: And that he was buried, and the he rose again the third day according to the scriptures…