Three days and Three nights...
Last week when I wrote about Passover I was a bit scattered. I think that is the story of my life right now as things stay busy.
I posted pictures of our Passover. To be honest, I didn't think we were going to have a Passover this year. I didn't think ahead enough. Who to invite. Girls had activities. I had planned a two night get away for us at the end of their Spring Break (we are at the Airbnb now). When would we have one?
And then my oldest daughter said she had friends who were interested. A manager from work and his wife. I know them. I said sure and then it was the fun time of finding time to make it happen! Well, instead of leaving for our Airbnb early Friday afternoon, we decided to wait and host the dinner early evening and then leave. It meant arriving after dark. I admit to being a bit frustrated about that as I was ready to get away.
However, I'm glad we did... It was a sweet time. I love teaching these things. I love bringing snippets of Israel to people. And as we were eating that happened. Even my one daughter said she had a conversation with a lady who came into where she is working who struggles with easter and knows about Passover. It was inspiring for my daughter.
As I was preparing, I pulled out the timeline of the week Jesus would have died. When I looked at it, I realized that this year the days of the week coincide with that year. This means that Jesus died on Wednesday when Passover started this year. He was in the grave Wednesday night, Thursday night, and Friday night (three nights). He was in the grave all day Thursday, all day Friday, and all day Saturday (three days). God would not have done "creative work) to raise Him from the grave on Shabbat. so once Shabbat was over - anytime after dark on Saturday until early Sunday morning Jesus rose and the women found the empty tomb on the "first day of the week."
Jesus had to be in the tomb for a full three days and three nights. That was told by Jesus Himself:
For just as Yonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea-monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the depths of the earth.
I questioned this as I was growing up. And then, I learned about Passover and it all made sense to me.
Friends, I believe that there is significance to the fact that days line up this year. Time is getting shorter to when He returns. He wants us to wake up to His timeline and is placing more and more signs in front of us.
I've said it before, I can't do easter. However, I will celebrate HIS resurrection and this year it happens to be on Sunday. The Jews will be waving their first fruits wave offering. I will celebrate the fact that HE is my first fruit.
Take time to stop and learn something new. Take time to stop and be willing to ask questions. Always continue to ask, seek and knock.
Love and blessings,
PS I realize there are arguments for a Thursday crucification also. There are details that could support that. Once again - I'm not here to argue the details, I simply want to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of my Savior as it happened - and that is through Passover.