LESSON 7:The Duration of Jesus Entombment Lessons

It is clear that Jesus Was resurrected late on the Weekly Sabbath. So when was He entombed?


Based on data established above, the question may now be asked, “When was Jesus placed in the tomb?” If Jesus arose from the grave late in the afternoon of the weekly Sabbath (Matthew 28: 1-6), and if Jesus was in the grave three days and three nights in fulfillment of His sign (12:40), then He would have been placed in the tomb on the mid-week day known as Wednesday. All four Gospels report that Jesus was buried toward evening of cru- cifixion day, as the Passover Sabbath neared (Matthew 27:57; Mark 15:42; Luke 23:53, 54; John 19:14, 42). Joseph of Arimathea took His body from the cross, wrapped it in linen cloth, and placed it in a tomb as Passover Sabbath was about to “begin” (epiphosko, Luke 23:54) at sunset. His resurrection took place at the same time of day, “as it began to ‘dawn’ toward the first day of the week” (Matthew 28:1, KJV, ASV)_ Jesus went into the grave and came out of the grave at the same time of day —— just before sunset and the beginning of a new day. Matthew reports the approximate time of Jesus’ resurrection as in the end of the weekly Sabbath (Matthew 28:1, 6, KJV), but none of the Gospels report which day of the week Jesus was entombed.
They only say that it was the Preparation Day of Passover (John 19:14, 42; Luke 23:54; Mark 15:42). To arrive at the day of the week of Jesus’ entomb- ment, we must count back three days and three nights from the time of His resurrection. Counting backward, we arrive at the time of His entombment: Wednesday in the late afternoon. The Days and Nights of Jesus’ Entombment p The third day — weekly Sabbath The third night — Friday night The second day - Friday The second night - Thursday night The first day - Thursday, Passover Sabbath The first night — Wednesday night We join Christians everywhere in proclaiming the crucified Christ, whose blood atoned for our sins, and the risen Christ, who is victorious over death and proven to be Lord by His resurrection.
But we cannot ac- cept the tradition that Jesus was crucified on Friday and resurrected on Sunday, because we believe it denies one important element of Jesus’ sign of His identity and His redemptive sacrifice (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4). There are three elements in Jesus’ miraculous sign: His death, His burial for three days and three nights, and His resurrection (John 2:19). Any doctrine that fails to uphold the time element of Jesus’ miraculous sign must be viewed with suspicion. Jesus fulfilled the other two ele- ments of His sign, why not the third? It is the position of the Church of God (Seventh Day) that Jesus not only died and was resurrected from the dead, but also fulfilled the part of His miraculous sign that required Him to be in the grave three days and three nights. We believe Jesus fulfilled all of the signs of His Messiahship. Years after Jesus’ resurrection, the apostle Paul reminded the Corin- thian church of this sign. He writes, “Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture. . . he was buried . . . he was raised on the third day ac- cording to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15 :3, 4). Paul assigns signifi- cance to all these elements of the gospel: “by this gospel you are saved” (v. 2); it is “of first importance” (v. 3); and “he was raised on the third day ‘according to the Scriptures”’ (v. 4). Paul apparently thought that Jesus’ death, burial, duration of entombment, and resurrection were all important elements of a summary of the gospel of salvation. All of them 79' are “according to the Scriptures .