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In recent studies in the book of Luke, I came across what was for me new information and so here it is:

Jesus Dies on the Cross but when? [Click to go to the Bible Highlights]

Traditional Evangelicals believe Jesus died on Friday and that He was buried late Friday afternoon. He arose Sunday morning. This would have Him in the grave about 36 hours, far less than the 72 hours that Jesus Himself mentions at

Matt. 12:40: 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.

But suppose Passover fell on Thursday the year Jesus died and He died on Wednesday. It did.

That year, Passover fell on the Thursday after Jesus was crucified. That would make Thursday a High Sabbath and observance began at sundown Wednesday. That adds new meaning to the pressure of time sensed by Joseph of Arimathea and the women who were helping him.

Of course, Saturday was the regular Sabbath so everyone had to observe that, too. So this means Jesus was in the grave from late Wednesday until sometime Sunday. Of course, the Resurrection was not discovered until early Sunday morning, when the women arrived to finish preparing His body for burial.

However, the Resurrection could have occurred late Saturday afternoon and no one would have been the wiser. That would give Jesus a full 72 hours in the grave, just as He stated at Matt. 12:40.

Jesus was not born December 25 [Click to go to the Bible Highlights]

Zechariah's service in the Temple and Elizabeth's eventual pregnancy gives us a chronological link to the actual date Jesus was born.

Luke also tells us Jesus was born while shepherds still had their flocks out in the field, before the cold weather set in. You could even say He was born September 25th.

Click this link to get full details on why Jesus was probably born in September, not December.

G. Edwin Lint, BS, ThB, MA, -- Editor
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Jesus said: What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. Luke 12:3
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. --Edmund Burke 1729-1797
The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide. --B. H. Obama, 8/21/2010