Did Jesus Really Die on Good Friday?

Did Jesus Really Die on Good Friday?

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When was Jesus Crucified?

While preparing for Passover last spring, I heard an interesting teaching about the crucifixion of Jesus. The teaching suggests that, based on the Jewish calendar and Passover tradition, Jesus was actually crucified on a Thursday rather than on Good Friday like we typically celebrate.

Obviously, it’s hard to know exactly when Jesus was killed, but I have to say, based on what I learned, Thursday makes sense.

Last year, on the Thursday before Easter, I was considering this potential reality when something very interesting happened

At the exact moment I was thinking about Jesus on the cross, clouds rolled in and darkened the land. Thunder erupted from the heavens, and lightning pierced the sky. The sun stopped shining, and at the exact same moment, the power went out in our house.

All went black, and darkness enveloped the land.

I get chills just thinking about it.

 

The Linchpin of our Faith

Regardless of when the crucifixion took place, these next few days are the most important in the Christian faith. Take time to reflect and celebrate.

How amazing that the infinite King of the universe would chose to become finite and die a God-forsaken death, all because He loves us! He is a God who says, “If hell is where you are, then that is where I will go!”

But by His power, He does not stay there!

Instead, “Death is swallowed up in victory! Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)

The cross means nothing without the empty tomb.

This is the good stuff, friend. This is the good news… better yet, this is the ridiculously good news! It’s the gospel.

It’s Thursday, but Sunday is coming…

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