Christ's Crucifixion : Friday or Wednesday?

The Christian community yearly celebrates Jesus' crucifixion on a Friday and his resurrection the following Sunday at daybreak. Jesus specifically said that he would be in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights or 72 hours. (It is only about 36 hours or 1 1/2 days from sundown Friday until Sunday morning). You may have wondered, as I have, about this contradiction. Herein you will find a chart that explains how Jesus' Crucifixion did not occur on Friday, but rather on Wednesday.

You might ask, why does it even matter? Why? Well, ...if Jesus erred concerning his own burial time by 50% (1 days = 50% of 3 days) then to what extent can we rely upon other statements by Christ? If he stretched the truth or erred once, then we could expect that he did also in a few other places, too.

Many of the Christian church world have taken on a religious attitude without a high regard for truth. Every verse we consider to be suspect removes another stone from our spiritual foundation.

The 3 day and 3 nights in the tomb are easily arrived at when a few scriptural statements are considered as scriptural anchors, ....and unmovable!

Here are 4 Unmovable Scriptural Anchors

The first Jesus' specific statement of 3 days and 3 nights in the grave.(Matt. 12:40)

The second that of his death and burial between 3 PM (9th hour) and 6 PM (Sunset) on the day of his crucifixion. (Matt. 27:46-50, John 19:28-42)

The third that Jesus' ressurrection occurrs before daybreak on the following Sunday, the 1st day of the week. (John 20:1, Mark 16:1-8)

The fourth God's reckoning of the length of a 24 hour day is from sunset to sunset, ....not dawn to dawn. (Gen.1:5)

Five different days of the week are involved.

Day 1 - Preparation Day, the day before the Passover (John 19:14)

Day 2 - Passover Celebration Day, a High Sabbath, rest day (John 19:31)

Day 3 - *Spice buying day when shops reopened.

Day 4 - the 7th day of the week, Sabbath Day, Saturday (Matthew 28:1)

Day 5 - the 1st day of the week, Sunday (John 20:1)

* note: Day 3 is not a scriptural anchor. It is placed there to allow the other FOUR scriptural TRUTH ANCHORS to remain in place. Doing so does not move any anchor truth.

Follow the chart and the Four Scriptural Truth Anchors with the scripture notations to see that Jesus had to be crucified on Wednesday afternoon, and not on Friday.

Thus we can depend on God's Word! HE is not fickled, ...Speaking the Truth one moment and erring the next. God's Word is truly "forever settled in heaven".

Preparation Day (John 19:14)

Tuesday @ Sunset (6 pm)

Disciples eat Passover (Matthew 26:20)

Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36)


Elders Court (Matthew 26:57)

Peter's Denial (Matthew 26:74)

Wednesday Morning / Dawn

Before Pilate / Leaders had not yet eaten Passover (John 18:28)


Jesus Crucified (John 19:14)

Wednesday / 3pm to 6pm

Jesus' Death & Burial (Matthew 27:46-50, John 19:28)

Passover / A High Day Sabbath (John 19:31)

Wednesday Sunset @ 6pm


Thursday Morning / Dawn

Tomb Sealed (Matthew 27:62-66)


Thursday Sunset

End of 1 (12hr) NIGHT & 1 (12hr) DAY - 24 hours in the Tomb

The Day Spices were Bought & Prepared

Thursday Sunset / 6pm


Friday Morning / Dawn


Spices Bought & Prepared (Mark 16:1, Luke 23:56)

Friday Sunset / 6pm

End of 2nd (12hr) NIGHT & 2nd (12hr) DAY - 48 hours in the Tomb

Saturday Sabbath Day (Matthew 28:1)

Friday Sunset / 6 pm


Saturday Morning / Dawn


Women Rested on the Sabbath (Luke 23:56)

Saturday Sunset / 3 pm - 6 pm

End of 3rd (12hr) NIGHT & 3rd (12hr) DAY - 72 hours in the Tomb

Sunday / 1st Day of the Week (John 20:1)

Saturday Sunset / 6 pm

Jesus is Risen ( Matthew 12:40, Mark 16:1-8)


Sunday Morning / Dawn

Tomb found empty at Daybreak / still Dark (John 20:1, Mark 16:2)

Watch still at the Tomb (Matthew 28:11)

3rd day of Watch and Tomb Sealing

Jesus Appears on Emmaus Road (Luke 24:13-31)

Sunday Sunset / 6 pm

Jesus Appears in the Room (John 20:19)