Was the Crucifixion on a Wednesday?
The crucifixion of Christ -- was it on a Friday, the "Good Friday" of Catholic tradition? As it turns out, the Bible doesn't say which day of the week our Lord and Savior lost his human life. Religious leaders and writers have looked to scripture ever since that time to see when the crucifixion took place.
It turns out that the day Christ died is not the only debating point surrounding the events leading to his death and resurrection. But this page is devoted to that one issue: Did Jesus die on a Friday or a Wednesday? There are even those who have put the pieces together and decided that he died on a Thursday. There simply is no solid, unrefutable evidence in scriptures as to the day of his death.
I favor a Wednesday crucifixion, based primarily on the concept that he died on an afternoon, was put into the tomb late in the afternoon, and was already risen and gone when the women arrived at the tomb on what we would call Sunday morning. This leads me to the conclusion that he was raised to life the previous late afternoon. Why? Because he said, "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" (Matthew 12:40, NIV). If he went into the heart of the earth on a late afternoon, it seems reasonable that he came to life on a late afternoon, three days later. We're looking at a resurrection on Saturday, late afternoon. Back-dating three full days brings us to Wednesday, late afternoon.
As I found on a recent web search, there are a number of people in several churches and organizations who believe along these lines. Rather than writing a lengthy article and duplicating someone else's fine writing work, I am simply going to list several web sites (below) which will take you to many well-written articles on the subject.
Of course, there are also web sites that favor a Friday crucifixion, and a Thursday crucifixion. I have seen other possibilities as well. Here is another one of those areas where people will study the same scriptures yet come to different doctrinal understandings. However, we all have the opportunity to set aside our differences and march along shoulder-to-shoulder, rather than let our different understandings divide us. (See our article, "Doctrine Divides!")
To be balanced, we must remember that the important thing is that the Lamb of God was crucified. He died to settle our debt to sin. He opened the door to everyone, Jew and Gentile, to eternal life as sons of God. We must also remember, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known" (1 Corinthians 13:12, KJV). We're not going to have all the answers in this life. Believe me, we don't even have all the questions yet!
So, peruse the articles I've linked to on this page. See if it doesn't make sense to you. If you find that you are not convinced, you still have God's blessings on your life if you truly seek Him with your whole heart.
-- Jack M. Lane, web master
Crucifixion on Wednesday – Web Pages
The REAL Jesus, Chapter 20: A Step Through Stone
Was Jesus in the grave for three days and three nights?
Christ’s Crucifixion Was Not on Friday
Christ's Crucifixion: Friday or Wednesday?
Friday Crucifixion - Is There Proof?
Was Good Friday on Friday? A Wednesday Crucifixion Makes More Sense
Proof for a Wednesday Crucifixion
Why do some say the crucifixion was on a Wednesday not Friday
Did Christ Die on Friday?