I would like to know what your proof is about changing
Sabbath Worship to Sunday. Where in your Bible does it say he was
resurrected on Sunday. He was to be three days and three nights
in the tomb. How do you count three days and three nights from Friday
Thank you for your question. You've asked a good
The Old Testament Hebrew word we translate as
Sabbath, is "shabbathon". A literal translation into English
would be "intermission". It means to take a break, and
rest. The word itself does not specify any specific day of the week.
The New Testament Greek word we translate as Sabbath,
is "sabbaton". It literally means a day of repose from
secular avocations, or simply a day of rest from our normal work.
The word itself does not specify a day of the week.
The Bible does not specify a specific name for
the day of week on which we rest. All it says is that there are
six days for work, then a seventh day for rest.
Christians have chosen to have their Sabbath on
Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Was Jesus Resurrected On Sunday?
Let's look at the book of Luke. Jesus has been
crucified and Joseph from Arimathea is asking Pilate if he can bury
"this man went to
Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And he took it down and
wrapped it in linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into rock,
where no one had ever lain. It was the preparation day, and the
Sabbath was about to begin." - Luke 23:52-54
New Day Starts At Sundown: One thing that
makes it confusing for us is that for first century Jews a new day
started at sundown. Also, they considered any part of a day, to
be a day. (This is important later.)
Joseph wanted to get Jesus buried before the Sabbath
day started, because Jews could not do work, such as burying someone,
on the Sabbath. So Jesus was buried before sundown on Friday.
Thus Jesus was in the tomb on Friday, Saturday
and Sunday -- three days. Remember, for a Jew any part of a day
is considered a day. This is very different from how we now think
Here's Something Important To Notice:
"Now the women who
had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and
how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and
perfumes. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment."
- Luke 23:55-56
The women went to the tomb when Jesus was buried
on Friday. They had prepared spices and perfumes, but there was
not enough time to apply them to the body before the Sabbath started.
So they honored the Sabbath for one day, Friday evening until Saturday
evening. Then on Sunday morning they went to the tomb.
Luke 24:1 reads - "But
on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb..."
This is describing when the women who discovered
the empty tomb came to the tomb. The first day of the week was Sunday.
So it is Sunday morning.
Passover can be on different days of the week
in our modern calendar. But, in the case of this Passover, the Passover
meal was Thursday evening (The Last Supper); Jesus was crucified
and buried on Friday (1 day); people did nothing on Saturday (2nd
day), the Sabbath; then Jesus was resurrected on Sunday (3rd day)
and the tomb was found empty.
Here's Another Way To Look At It:
Concerning the Passover, there can be up to three
Sabbaths associated with the Passover. Two are a part of the Feast
of Tabernacles, and then there would be the normal Saturday Sabbath.
The actual Passover day varies each year.
What specific day did Passover fall on when Jesus
was crucified? Here is a way to tell based on the Bible:
The Jewish Day of Preparation is the name given
to Friday. It is named that in order to remind Jews that they need
to prepare for the weekly Sabbath on Saturday. That is why it is
called "THE" preparation day, not "a" preparation
day -- it is a specific day of the week, Friday.
Luke 23:54 says, "It
was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin."
This specifically identifies the day of Jesus'
death as Friday.
The Scripture then counts off the days: verse
56 identifies the next day as the Sabbath. Luke 24:1 then identifies
the day after that as the first day of the week, Sunday -- when
I hope I've answered you're question.
Yours in the Love of Christ,
Move To Assurance