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Introduction 2

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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