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Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Keep?
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¬ Christmas: The Untold Story
¬ How Christmas Grew
¬ Christmas vs. the Bible
¬ Why Jesus Christ Wasn't Born Dec. 25
¬ Easter: Masking a Biblical Truth
¬ The Resurrection Connection
¬ Fertility Symbols: Beneath the Dignity of God
¬ The Chronology of Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection
¬ God's Days of Worship
¬ Halloween: a Celebration of Darkness
¬ God's Festivals in the New Testament
¬ Does It Matter to God?
¬ An Ancient Cultural Clash
¬ What About Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Purim?
¬ The Delights of Obedience
   
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The Chronology of Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection

Tuesday: Jesus Christ ate an early-evening Passover meal with His disciples (at the beginning of Nisan 14, Jewish reckoning) and instituted the New Covenant symbols (Matthew 26:26-28). Jesus was then betrayed by Judas, arrested and during the night brought before the high priest.

Wednesday: Jesus was crucified and died around 3 p.m. (Matthew 27:46-50). This was the preparation day for the annual, not weekly, Sabbath, which began that evening (Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:31). Jesus' body was placed in the tomb at twilight (Matthew 27:57-60).

Thursday: This was the high-day Sabbath, the first day of Unleavened Bread (John 19:31; Leviticus 23:4-7). It is described as the day after the Day of Preparation (Matthew 27:62).

Friday: The high-day Sabbath now past, the women bought and prepared spices for anointing Jesus' body before resting on the weekly Sabbath day, which began at sunset (Mark 16:1; Luke 23:56).

Saturday: The women rested on the weekly Sabbath, according to the Fourth Commandment (Luke 23:56; Exodus 20:8-11). Jesus rose around sunset, exactly three days and three nights (72 hours) after burial, fulfilling the sign of Jonah and authenticating Jesus' Messiahship.

Sunday: The women brought the prepared spices early in the morning while it was still dark (Luke 24:1; John 20:1). Jesus had already risen (Matthew 28:1-6; Mark 16:2-6; Luke 24:2-3; John 20:1). He did not rise on Sunday morning, but at sunset the day before.


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