Three Days and Three Nights
Have you ever wondered why Jesus said that He would be in the heart of the Earth for
three days and three nights and yet you hear it taught that he died on Friday and raised up
from the dead on Sunday, only one full day, two partial days and two full nights later? If
you have, then this message is just what you needed to clear it all up.
All Bible references are from the New American Standard unless otherwise stated.
The Gospel according to Matthew was written about 50 A.D.
The Gospel according to Mark was written about 68 A.D.
The Gospel according to Luke was written about 60 A.D.
The Gospel according to John was written about 85 to 90 A.D.
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we want to
see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous
generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah
the prophet; for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea
monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the
earth.” MATTHEW 12:38-40
The Living Son of the Living God said that He would be in the heart of the earth THREE
DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS. Does this mean part of a day can be counted as a whole
day, therefore, making Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, and a brief part of Sunday
morning three days? Even if you do that, how will you get three nights between Friday
and Sunday? You can’t, can you? Of course not. Somebody made a mistake.
HEBREWS 6:18 says that it is impossible for God to lie. If Jesus said He would be in the
heart of the earth for three days and three nights, why do Christians consistently teach
that Jesus was placed in the tomb on a Friday and was raised from the dead two days later
on a Sunday? Who made a mistake? Was it Jesus? God forbid. It had to be the men
who have been misinterpreting His Word for centuries, for it is impossible for God to lie.
How do we interpret days and nights using Scripture? Jesus defined what a day is. Look
at JOHN 11:9 and you will see that Jesus said, “…Are there not twelve hours in a
day?…” If you have 12 hours in a day, you also have 12 hours in a night. It then takes a
total of 24 hours to make a day and a night or one complete calendar day. Three days and
three nights would come to a total of 72 hours. Nothing else will do, for it would not
complete what our Lord has said.