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|| Sabbath Studies || Full Sabbath Index || #1. Why Keep Sabbath? || #2. Death, Burial, and Resurrection || #3. Spiritual Fulfilment of Sabbath || #4. Q and A on Sabbath Day || #5. Non Scriptural Q and A || Sabbath Changed to Sunday || #6. Sabbath Summary
#2. THE TIME OF THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
- Death, Burial, Resurrection Index
- Introduction 2
- #2.1 THE FEASTS OF YAWEH ARE SPECIAL SABBATHS
- #2.11 The day of atonement
- #2.12 The feast of trumpets
- #2.13 The feast of tabernacles
- #2.14 The Passover
- #2.15 The feast of unleavened bread
- #2.16 The timing of the days
- #2.2 JESUS WAS LITERALLY THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE GRAVE
- #2.21 He was raised on the third day
- #2.22 He was raised in three days
- #2.23 He was raised during three days?
- #2.24 He was raised after three days
- #2.25 He was raised after three days and three nights
- #2.26 Conclusion concerning the time of the resurrection of Jesus
- #2.3 JESUS' FIRST APPEARANCES TO HIS DISCIPLES AFTER HE WAS RAISED
- Introduction 2.3
- #2.31 Mary Magdalene went to the tomb on the Sunday according to John
- #2.32 The women disciples came to the tomb on the Sunday according to Luke
- #2.33 The women disciples came to the tomb on the Sunday according to Mark
- #2.34 The two Marys came to the tomb on the Sunday according to Matthew
- #2.35 Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene on Sunday morning
- #2.36 Jesus appeared to two disciples on the Emmaus road on the Sunday according to Luke
- #2.37 Jesus appeared to his disciples on the Sunday evening according to John
- #2.38 Conclusion on Jesus' first appearances to his disciples after he was raised
This bible study is a scriptural analysis of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This section is very important, because no matter where we look in reference books, or whoever we ask, when we look for a reason why Christians go to church on Sunday, the answer is usually, because Jesus was raised from the dead on that day. Some may point to the scriptures which say that the apostles gathered together on "the first day of the week", and they have transferred the solemnity of the Sabbath to Sunday, believing that the New Testament Church also did. This was the belief of the Puritans, such as Thomas Watson (1620-1686):
(Thomas Watson THE TEN COMMANDMENTS p95) "The old seventh-day Sabbath, which was the Jewish Sabbath, is abrogated, and in the room of it the first day of the week, which is the Christian Sabbath succeeds. ... The keeping of the first day was the practice of the apostles. ... Upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them." (Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:2). ... What the apostles did, they did by divine authority; for they were inspired by the Holy Ghost."
Nevertheless, it has been the established tradition for many centuries, that Sunday is a memorial of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and therefore, we must first investigate whether Jesus did actually rise on a Sunday or not. If he did, then we must examine whether or not we are told to celebrate his resurrection in this way, but if Jesus didn't rise on a Sunday, then unless we can find some other reason to do it, this reason for substituting Sunday for the Sabbath day will be destroyed. This section therefore is a study about the time of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and will inevitably also include an analysis of the phrase, "the first day of the week". It is an attempt to establish as accurately as possible the day of his death, and the time and day of his resurrection in particular, in obedience to the scripture, "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21). In order to examine his death, we need a background understanding to the Day of the Passover, because this was the day that he died on. So let us begin in the Old Testament by examining the Jewish feasts.
Concerning the timing of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, see our bible study Inclusive reckoning Refuted.
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