Friday to Sunday is Not Three Days and Three Nights

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The Beginning of the Spring Feasts

The series of three spring Biblical Feasts starts with Passover (Pesach) in the month of Aviv, also known as Nisan after the Babylonian exile. Passover is the commemoration of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt.

Passover (Pesach)

  • Date: 14th of Nisan
  • Event: Marks the night the Lord spared the Israelites in Egypt, leading to their exodus. It's observed with a Seder meal.

Feast of Unleavened Bread

  • Date: Begins on the 15th of Nisan, lasting 7 days
  • Event: Celebrates the Israelites' departure from Egypt and their consumption of unleavened bread (Matza) due to their hasty exodus.

Feast of Firstfruits (Bikkurim)

  • Date: The day after the first day of Matza, typically the 16th of Nisan
  • Event: Marks the offering of the first harvest to God. In the fixed Jewish calendar, it aligns with the week of Unleavened Bread.

Special Sabbaths
The first and last days of Matza are considered special Sabbaths, adding to the regular weekly Sabbath.


The Passover Controversy Explained

In the video above Tom Bradford explains, the confusion on how Jesus' crucifixion on Friday and resurrection on Sunday fulfill the "3 days and 3 nights" prophecy. By understanding the Jewish calendar and the separate observances of the Passover meal and the Last Supper, it becomes clear.

  • Last Supper:  Possibly a special meal (seudah maphsehket) observed by Galileans on the evening of Nisan 13, leading into Passover.
  • Passover and Burial:  Jesus' crucifixion and burial occurred on Passover day (Nisan 14), with His burial rushed to comply with upcoming Sabbath laws.
  • Passover Meal: Eaten after dark on Nisan 14, technically starting the Feast of Unleavened Bread on Nisan 15.
  • Sabbath Observance: The urgency in Jesus' burial was due to the festival Sabbath on Nisan 15, part of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
  • Jesus Arose on Nisan 17: Paul refers to Jesus as the "firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep" in 1 Corinthians 15:20, directly linking His resurrection to the concept of firstfruits.  Jesus’ resurrection is seen as the fulfillment of the promise of new life and redemption, marking a moment of profound significance that parallels the themes of provision, thanksgiving, and renewal found in the Feast of Firstfruits.

This timeline explains the fulfillment of the "3 days and 3 nights," aligning with the prophecy, and clarifies the chronological events surrounding Christ's death and resurrection against the backdrop of Jewish festivals.

Jesus in the Biblical Holidays Bible Journaling Classes

Enrollment should open for the Passover and Unleavened Bread classes on April 15. Click here for more. 

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