Three Days Later

 

We just commemorated the death of our Lord nearly 2000 years ago. It was by His death that redemption was made possible. But it was by His resurrection that we know He was indeed the Christ! In fact it seems that even His disciples needed to see His resurrection before they could be sure He was the Christ.

*†† (John 20:24-29 NIV)Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. {25} So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." {26} A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" {27} Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." {28} Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" {29} Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

We just observed the 14th day of the first month of the Hebrew or Jewish calendar. Thatís Passover day, the day Jesus gave His life for us that we might gain our lives back. However, today is Saturday and Saturday is definitely not the day of the week that He died on. We know this because He was risen by Sunday morning.

*†† (Mat 28:1-7 NIV)After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. {2} There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. {3} His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. {4} The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. {5} The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. {6} He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. {7} Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

Now since He was in the grave three days and three nights, that is to say 72 hours, we can do a little counting backwards to find the day of the week of His death.

*†† (Mat 12:40 NIV)For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

*†† (John 11:9-10 KJV)Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. {10} But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

Jesus died late in the afternoon so He rose late in the afternoon. That is why on Sunday morning He was already gone from the tomb. Somewhat obviously He must have come from the grave on the previous afternoon. That would be Saturday, Sabbath, afternoon.

 

Now letís count days backwards. Saturday to Friday, one day. Friday to Thursday, two days. Thursday to Wednesday makes the third day and tells us He died late on Wednesday afternoon. Is this really important we might ask? The answer is yes, it is. Scripture tells us He would be cut-off in mid-week.

*†† (Dan 9:27 KJV)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.

So having died on Wednesday, mid-week, we have another proof of scripture and identifier that Jesus is Lord.

 

Itís at this point that I must point out that the first two people to carry the good news of the resurrection were women, the two Maryís. Is that important? Maybe yes and maybe no, but nevertheless, itís a fact. Itís also a fact that these two women were the first to see Jesus after His resurrection. And please note they did not have to see the nail holes.

 

OK, now we jump ahead a little.

*†† (Mat 28:16-20 NIV)Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. {17} When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. {18} Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. {19} Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, {20} and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

But, it was actually the women that carried the message about the meeting in Galilee.

 

Later we learn that Jesus remained among them for a total of forty days after He was resurrected. Then He returned to His Father in Heaven. And then shortly thereafter He sent the promised comforter, even the Holy Spirit. It was at this point that the church began to function as a church and to carry out what is often called the Great Commission. With a little more math we can say with some certainty what day of what month that day was.

*†† (Acts 2:1-4 NIV)When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. {2} Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. {3} They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. {4} All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now the day of Pentecost is actually the Feast of Weeks from the Old Testament.

*†† (Lev 23:15-16 KJV)And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: {16} Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.

Friday was the 14th day of the first month. The weekly Sabbath fell on the 15th of the first month. Now simply go to the morrow after the seventh Sabbath, a Sunday, and you have the day that might be considered the birthday of the church. That day was Sivan 6 as can be seen on the calendar below. It was on this day, the day of Pentecost, that the Apostles received the Holy Spirit and from that day forward set out in power to fulfill their destiny. Let us use the power of that same Holy Spirit to fulfill our destiny.

April 2016

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Mon

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Wed

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1

22nd of Adar II, 5776

2

23rd of Adar II, 5776

3

24th of Adar II, 5776

4

25th of Adar II, 5776

5

26th of Adar II, 5776

6

27th of Adar II, 5776

7

28th of Adar II, 5776

8

29th of Adar II, 5776

9

1st of Nisan, 5776

10

2nd of Nisan, 5776

11

3rd of Nisan, 5776

12

4th of Nisan, 5776

13

5th of Nisan, 5776

14

6th of Nisan, 5776

15

7th of Nisan, 5776

16

8th of Nisan, 5776

17

9th of Nisan, 5776

18

10th of Nisan, 5776

19

11th of Nisan, 5776

20

12th of Nisan, 5776

21

13th of Nisan, 5776

22

14th of Nisan, 5776

23

15th of Nisan, 5776

24

16th of Nisan, 5776

1st day of the Omer

25

17th of Nisan, 5776

2nd day of the Omer

26

18th of Nisan, 5776

3rd day of the Omer

27

19th of Nisan, 5776

4th day of the Omer

28

20th of Nisan, 5776

5th day of the Omer

29

21st of Nisan, 5776

6th day of the Omer

30 Sabbath 1

22nd of Nisan, 5776

7th day of the Omer

May 2016

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

1

23rd of Nisan, 5776

8th day of the Omer

2

24th of Nisan, 5776

9th day of the Omer

3

25th of Nisan, 5776

10th day of the Omer

4

26th of Nisan, 5776

11th day of the Omer

5

27th of Nisan, 5776

12th day of the Omer

6

28th of Nisan, 5776

13th day of the Omer

7 Sabbath 2

29th of Nisan, 5776

14th day of the Omer

8

30th of Nisan, 5776

15th day of the Omer

9

1st of Iyyar, 5776

16th day of the Omer

10

2nd of Iyyar, 5776

17th day of the Omer

11

3rd of Iyyar, 5776

18th day of the Omer

12

4th of Iyyar, 5776

19th day of the Omer

13

5th of Iyyar, 5776

20th day of the Omer

14 Sabbath 3

6th of Iyyar, 5776

21st day of the Omer

15

7th of Iyyar, 5776

22nd day of the Omer

16

8th of Iyyar, 5776

23rd day of the Omer

17

9th of Iyyar, 5776

24th day of the Omer

18

10th of Iyyar, 5776

25th day of the Omer

19

11th of Iyyar, 5776

26th day of the Omer

20

12th of Iyyar, 5776

27th day of the Omer

21 Sabbath 4

13th of Iyyar, 5776

28th day of the Omer

22

14th of Iyyar, 5776

29th day of the Omer

23

15th of Iyyar, 5776

30th day of the Omer

24

16th of Iyyar, 5776

31st day of the Omer

25

17th of Iyyar, 5776

32nd day of the Omer

26

18th of Iyyar, 5776

33rd day of the Omer

27

19th of Iyyar, 5776

34th day of the Omer

28 Sabbath 5

20th of Iyyar, 5776

35th day of the Omer

29

21st of Iyyar, 5776

36th day of the Omer

30

22nd of Iyyar, 5776

37th day of the Omer

31

23rd of Iyyar, 5776

38th day of the Omer

 

 

 

 

June 2016

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1

24th of Iyyar, 5776

39th day of the Omer

2

25th of Iyyar, 5776

40th day of the Omer

3

26th of Iyyar, 5776

41st day of the Omer

4 Sabbath 6

27th of Iyyar, 5776

42nd day of the Omer

5

28th of Iyyar, 5776

43rd day of the Omer

6

29th of Iyyar, 5776

44th day of the Omer

7

1st of Sivan, 5776

45th day of the Omer

8

2nd of Sivan, 5776

46th day of the Omer

9

3rd of Sivan, 5776

47th day of the Omer

10

4th of Sivan, 5776

48th day of the Omer

11 Sabbath 7

5th of Sivan, 5776

49th day of the Omer

12 Pentecost

6th of Sivan, 5776

13

7th of Sivan, 5776

14

8th of Sivan, 5776

15

9th of Sivan, 5776

16

10th of Sivan, 5776

17

11th of Sivan, 5776

18

12th of Sivan, 5776

19

13th of Sivan, 5776

20

14th of Sivan, 5776

21

15th of Sivan, 5776

22

16th of Sivan, 5776

23

17th of Sivan, 5776

24

18th of Sivan, 5776

25

19th of Sivan, 5776

26

20th of Sivan, 5776

27

21st of Sivan, 5776

28

22nd of Sivan, 5776

29

23rd of Sivan, 5776

30

24th of Sivan, 5776