The Third Day

Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

The process of and how it all happened during the week of Passover, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection.


  • In the course of the day: The disciples made preparation in an upper room to celebrate the Seder (Passover). Mark 14: 12,13 12/ And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover? 13/ And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them,
  • In the evening: celebrating Seder (The Last Supper) Mark 14:22-24 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. 23/ And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24/ And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
  • After that the Prayer to the Father in Gethsemane (oil press) John Chapter 17 /verse 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
  • Arrest in Kidron Valley. John  18:4,5 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? 5/ They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he.


  • Very early in the morning, the Sanhedrin went to Pilate for him to administer a trial for Lord Jesus. Mark 15:1. And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.
  • The Sanhedrin had to go to Herod with Lord Jesus as Pilate concluded it was Herod’s jurisdiction Luke 23:7,8. 7 And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time. 8/ And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
  • Then back to Pilate Luke 23:11. And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
  • At noon Pilate spoke these words “Behold your King” John 19:14.


  • 9 AM Crucifixion Mark 15:25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him
  • NOON Darkness Mark 15:33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
  • 3 AM “It is Finished” (the ninth hour). Preparing of a lamb. John 19:33. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs

In the evening possibly already after sunset and according to Jewish concepts (when I am correct) a new day, the day for the Feast, the funeral took place, Christ was buried in the sepulcher of Joseph of Arimathea.

Thursday: Expansion of the guard Matthew 27:62-66 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63/ Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64/ Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. 65/ Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. 66/ So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch..

Friday:Passover Feast,

Saturday: Lord Jesus died on the fourteenth of the first month, (our month of April) the day before the annual 15th sabbath. Giving this day an extra dimension.

  • Leviticus 23: 6,7 6 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S Passover. 7 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

The word Easter occurs in the King James. The King James translators knew that the word Easter was the only way to reconcile this passage. 

Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

Every place in NT the Pascha is translated into Passover. In this case, it is an exception because the reason why it could not be translated into Passover is because the Passover already had passed over and it were the days of unleavened bread. It was the day following and Herod did not want to wait another year to get Peter killed. He was waiting for the day of Ishtar the queen of heaven.

If Pascha would have been translated into Passover instead of Easter it would have given a contradiction.

“Lent” , “Ash Wednesday” is false teaching as well as “Good Friday” This is the day Jesus Christ is supposed have died on the cross. None of this is in the Bible.

Folks, read the Bible.