Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
What we believe about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection make all the difference for our future. Friday begins on Thursday at sundown.
1 Corinthians 15:3 – For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, (Verse 4) and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,… That’s the Gospel!
The First Day
On Thursday night Jesus eats the Passover meal with His disciples and then they go to Gethsemane where Jesus prays. Then He pulls Peter, James, and John a little way from the others, and tells them to watch and pray. Jesus comes back three times to check on them and finds them asleep, but on the third time, He says His hour has come. This very well could have been around midnight.
Then Jesus is arrested. So from around midnight to around 8:30 in the morning, Jesus went through six trials; three Jewish trials and three Roman trials. He was tried by Annas, and then taken to Caiaphas and then taken to the Sanhedrin council. Then somewhere around 6:00 AM, they took Him to Pilate, and Pilate sent Him to Herod and Herod sends Him back to Pilate and tried Him again.
In the three Jewish trials, Jesus is found guilty of blasphemy. In the three Roman trials, He’s found innocent. Pilate even said, “I find no fault in Him.” Then Jesus is blindfolded, spat upon, a crown of thorns is placed on His head, a purple robe is put on Him and then He is mocked and slapped. He was beaten by Pilate’s soldiers and Herod’s soldiers and Jewish soldiers. So He is physically beaten at least three times.
Some people don’t realize what all was done to our precious Jesus before He was even crucified. This is what our Saviour went through to die for you and me!
John 19:1 – So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. (Verse 2) And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. (Verse 3) Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. (Verse 4) Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you that you may know that I find no fault in Him.”
The scourging alone should have been enough to have killed Him. The whip had a wooden handle that had leather thongs coming out and on the ends, it had small bones and metal balls tied to it. The victim was tied to a post and flogged on their backside. This was the most feared punishment anyone could imagine. With each strike, the flesh was ripped from the body. The Romans took great pleasure in this when using it to threaten a riotous crowd if they didn’t calm down. The Romans had no limit to the number of lashes they could give a victim.
The New Testament does not tell us what Jesus looked like after He was scourged, but Isaiah does. (The Living Translation) Isaiah 52:14 – But many were amazed when they saw Him. His face was so disfigured He seemed hardly human, and from His appearance, one would scarcely know He was a man.
They took Him from the scourging and then crucified Him: John 19:31 – Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for the Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. (Verse 32) Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. (Verse 33) But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. (Verse 34) But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
John 19:36 – For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” (Also Psalm 34:20) (Verse 37) and again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” (Also Zech. 12:10; 13:6)
Isaiah 50:6 – “I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.”
The Roman soldiers drove nails in His wrists and in His feet. That spike was five to seven inches long and it was nailed between two arteries in the wrist. Then they put another spike in the top of His feet, one on top of the other.
On the cross, there was no seat to sit on and no platform for His feet to push up on and take a breath. His entire weight rested on the three spikes. When a person is hanging like this, the person can inhale, but they cannot exhale. In order to exhale, they have to pull themselves up, pushing with the feet and pulling with the arms. This is why the soldiers would break their legs, so they couldn’t push up with them and they died quicker. Also, it would be too hard to pull themselves up with their arms extended out. Every time Jesus breathed, for six hours, He would have to raise His body up, all the while it was raw meat exposed on His back because of the scourging.
When the soldiers came to Jesus to break His legs, they said He was dead, so they took a spear and pierced Him. Blood and water came rushing out. The cause of the physical death of Jesus was “Cardiac rupture.” His heart burst! All of this happened on that first day, Friday.
The Second Day
Jesus was buried on that first day. That’s how we get three days. He is buried on Friday before the sun goes down. He’s in the tomb, guards are posted, and a stone is placed in front of the tomb and sealed. This was a huge boulder and took many men to move it in front of that tomb. This represents “finality.” They did all this so that no one could say, “He’s alive.” Otherwise, it sounds silly to us to place guards and seal the entrance with a huge stone to keep a dead man from escaping.
The Third Day
Resurrection! An angel shows up, right at daylight and rolls away the sealed stone. One angel! And when Satan eventually gets thrown into the bottomless pit, it’s only one angel that does that too. Angels are powerful! This angel rolls away this stone and sat on it (Matthew 28:2). The angel did this in front of the guards.
Matthew 28:4 – and the guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. These guards went back into the city and reported what had happened. Then Jesus comes out and appears to Mary, then appears to some other women that were coming to prepare His body. Then He says for them to go tell His disciples because He is coming to meet with them.
John 20:19 – Then, the same day at evening (Sunday evening), being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
Jesus had a resurrected body. It was a heavenly resurrected body. That’s why He could come through that shut door. A person either believes that Jesus died, was buried and rose again or a person cannot be saved.
Romans 10:9 – if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. You must believe in the resurrection!
If you ever start to think that God doesn’t care about your situation, then you need to be reminded of what all Jesus went through to make it possible for you to have that abundant life and spend all eternity with Him. No one living or that has lived could or ever will do for you what Jesus did and is doing!