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.