Biblical: Jesus Christ crucified Friday, rose again
by Jen Shroder
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April 4, 2012, click on image to enlarge
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Jesus was crucified on Friday and rose again Sunday, how does this
equal “three days and three nights?” It doesn’t. The Bible never said
that Jesus was dead and in a tomb for three days and three nights.
That assumption comes from the Scripture:
and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be
given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was
three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of
man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth"
Christ entered the “heart
of the earth” when HE BECAME SIN on the night He was betrayed. The
Bible says man’s heart is exceedingly wicked (Genesis 6:5, Isaiah
64:6), and Christ entered or was submerged in that wickedness for
three days and three nights.
If Jesus is the Lamb of God, the Lamb had to be presented without
blemish. Jesus was presented as the sacrifice on the night He was
betrayed and BECAME SIN. Witness:
wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His
stripes we are healed.
has made Him to be sin for us...that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him."(2
Christ had to become sin
before the payment for our sins could begin or the blood would be
wasted. The chastisement "was upon Him." The miracle of Christ's
redemption began on Thursday night when Christ became sin, immersed in
our sins and delivered unto man. Before the first drop of His precious
blood, Jesus suffered far more than physical death, He became sin in
the heart of the earth, in the belly of the whale.
Do you think it is a
coincidence that ALL verses regarding Jesus that contain the words,
“three days and three nights” testify of the SUFFERING of Christ in
some way prior to His death on the cross? Below are three, in all
there are twelve.
the Son of man
suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief
priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day."
said unto them, the Son of man
betrayed into the hands of man; and they shall kill Him, and
the third day He shall be raised again." (Matthew 17:22)
Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall
kill Him, and the third day He shall rise again." (Mark 10:34)
NO WHERE does it only say,
"The Son of man must die and the third day rise again" without listing
the full sequence, including suffering. There is only one exception,
and that’s because it is a direct quote of non-believing Pharisees who
had no clue.
Jesus Himself used "earth"
many times when He referred to the heart of man. The "four soils"
parable (originally "earth" in Scripture, Greek and KJV) confirms that
earth is used to describe the heart of man. The importance of this is
exemplified, for when the disciples asked Jesus to explain the
parable, He said,
you not this parable?
How then will you know all parables?"
Jesus then explains that
the seed that was sown in the earth is "the word that was sown in
The "faith of a mustard
seed" parable is also planted in the earth and the earth signifies
man's heart; and the talents were also "hidden in the earth" by the
lazy servant. Suddenly so many other verses that include the earth
make sense. The treasure hidden in a field, etc. are all about man's
So let’s look at what happened on the night He was betrayed and see if
there is anything that signifies the delivery of the Lamb of God. It
is written in Mark 14:50 that when the soldiers took Jesus:
[His followers] all forsook Him and fled. And there followed Him a
certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and
the young men laid hold on him: and he left the linen cloth, and fled
from them naked."
is the righteousness of saints.
The righteousness of
saints, the linen, was left by this “certain young man,” this
spiritual being as men [soldiers] took hold of him, and he fled naked
as Jesus was arrested. When Adam sinned and ate the fruit,
knew that he was naked and hid from God among the trees of the garden
When Adam sinned and when
Jesus became sin, both times righteousness was removed, nakedness was
revealed, somebody fled and hid.
Adam sinned and thus the
fall. Jesus was the second Adam who became sin and bought us back by
His blood. When this event happened, payment was being made, Jesus was
delivered into the hands of men and was beaten, bruised and scourged.
He bled the precious blood to redeem us. It was the lamb's blood that
was painted on the doorposts in Egypt at Passover,
was wounded for our transgressions."
Jesus delivered Himself
into the hands of men, without blemish. Jesus became sin and the
"righteousness of the saints" (which we have only in Christ) was
removed… the linen was left, the precious blood began to flow, payment
had begun; and Jesus, separated from God because He became sin, was in
the "heart of the earth," the belly of the whale.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the
righteousness of God in Him."
(2 Cor 5:21)
Oh, how He loves us. While
we were sinners, yet He loved us.
For I am
persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities
nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor
depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from
the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans
8:38-39) Praise God! HE IS RISEN!
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