If you did not read last week's answer to this question, please do so here. It focused on Jesus' words in Matthew regarding how long it would be from the hour of His death to His resurrection. The early church has historically set the day of crucifixion on Friday, and we all commonly refer to the crucifixion as having taken place on Good Friday. This understanding comes from setting the day before the Sabbath, using this verse:
"And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath ..." (Mark 15:42).
Taking into consideration that the Feast of Unleavened Bread was also a Sabbath, many believe that this day of preparation was not the day before the weekly Sabbath and therefore does not necessitate it being a Friday -- and the Bible provides ample evidence that it was not.
While some believe it was a Wednesday, I (Shari Abbott) hold to the belief that the crucifixion took place on a Thursday. Some agree and others hold to a Wednesday or Friday crucifixion. Remember the actual day is not what is important. Fun stuff ... but not important. We all agree that Jesus lived, died, was buried and rose again. That's what's important and that's what we celebrate. Last week I gave my number 1 reason for a Thursday crucifixion and based it on Jesus' words (read here). Now, here's two more reasons.
Reason #2: Why a Thursday Crucifixion?
God tells us, come let us reason together (Isaiah 1:18). Using the words of the Bible I base reason number 2 on information John records in chapter 12 of his gospel account of when Jesus had dinner at the home of Lazarus in Bethany.
We know that Passover began on Nisan 14 with the day of preparation. Six days prior would be Nisan 8. With a Thursday crucifixion this means that Jesus "came to Bethany" during the daytime hours of Friday, Nisan 8, and prior to sundown, which began the weekly Sabbath.
"There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him." (John 12:2)
It's clear there was a dinner prepared and served at the home of Lazarus. While Scripture is not totally clear on this, it is likely that this meal was not on the night of Nisan 9 because it was the beginning of the weekly Sabbath, but after the end of the weekly Sabbath at sundown on Nisan 10, for it says, "they made Him a supper and Martha served" (John 12:2) and Mary "anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair" (John 12:3). On the Sabbath they would have rested from all of their work.