The Church of God (seventh day) teaches a unique doctrine, supported by the minority of Christians, regarding the period of time that elapse between the burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that He in the grave three full days and three full nights. This period of entombment fulfilled His predicted impending death, burial, and resurrection. ‘’The Son man must… be killed and after three days rise again’’ (Mark 8:31). Christendom as a whole believes that Jesus was crucified on Friday and raised from the dead on Sunday morning. The time represented I that brief period leaves unfulfilled Jesus teaching that He would rise from the grave after ‘’Three days and Three nights.”
We believe the Bible teaches that Jesus was crucified on Wednesday, placed In the grave very late that afternoon, and resurrected late in the grave afternoon the weekly Sabbath (Saturday). Accordingly,, He was in the grave all the day Thursday, Friday, and Sabbath_ from the hour of His late afternoon burial on Wednesday, (Luke 23:50-54). Until His resurrection just before the end of the weekly Sabbath (Matthew 28:1-6). He has fulfilled the period of three days and three nights because He was in the grave all nights on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The basis of our belief in a Wednesday crucifixion is found in the prophetic prediction of Daniel the prophet about the Messiah’s death (Daniel 9:27) And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. And Sabbath resurrection is found in Jesus own words: ‘’The Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the hearth of the earth ‘’ (Matthew 12:40). In addition to Jesus perdition of the elapse of time He would be in the grave, several texts in the synoptic Gospel provides sketchy details of activities on each of the three days Jesus lay in the tomb. These factors raise questions about the traditional teaching of a Friday crucifixion and Sunday resurrection. Additionally, we have evidence that both Jesus disciples and His foes took seriously His prediction of an entombment of three days and three nights.
The object of this study is to examine the scriptures to seek the truth about the time Jesus was buried. Does the period from Friday evening to Sunday morning fulfill Jesus predicted time span in the grave? Was Jesus three days three nights prediction an idiom-a mere ‘’figure of speech’’ without precise meaning? Does a Wednesday crucifixion and a Sabbath resurrection conform to the scriptural record? Do activities reported in the gospels while He was in the grave render a Friday crucifixion impossible? What are the most important elements about the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ?
It is our intension these questions as we study. We will demonstrate from scripture that Jesus was in the grave for three days and three nights, just as He foretold.