"I understand that Saturday is
the Sabbath day commanded in the Bible, but Christians
keep Sunday as their day of worship because Jesus rose
from the dead on that day."
would like to make two important points in regard to
that argument, 1. The Bible does not teach that Jesus
was resurrected on Sunday, 2. If He had it would not
change the fourth Commandment or change the character of
the Seventh day. It would not make the Sabbath unholy.
If true it may not be wrong to honor that day but it
certainly would give no license to dishonor the Sabbath
Although it is tradition to believe that Jesus was
crucified on Friday and rose on Sunday the Bible does
not support this belief, nor does it confirm Jesusí own
words. When asked what sign would be given to prove that
He was the Messiah Jesus answered -"the sign of Jonah. .
.so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights
in the heart of the earth." (Matt.12:39-40) Three days
and three nights cannot be counted from Friday afternoon
to Sunday morning. This is one of the major obstacles to
Muslims coming to accept that Jesus was more than a mere
prophet. Since Jesus was crucified on the "day of
preparation" some erroneously assume it was Friday, the
day before the weekly Sabbath. But the Bible clearly
shows that Jesus was crucified on the Passover which is
always a day of preparation for the High Sabbath of the
First Day of Unleavened Bread. The Passover falls on the
of the first month of the Hebrew calendar and can be any
day of the week.
Most scholars agree that Jesus was crucified in 30
or 31AD -both of these dates had Wednesday Passovers.
Jesus was crucified on Wednesday, put in the grave late
that afternoon, remained in the tomb for three days and
three nights until He arose late Saturday afternoon.
Days in the Bible begin and end at sundown, so at
sundown Saturday would dawn the first day of the week.
Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early Sunday morning
while it was yet dark and found the tomb empty. The
empty tomb was discovered early Sunday but Jesus had
already risen the Sabbath before. If Jesus had stayed in
the tomb until Sunday morning then it would count three
days and four nights.
In fairness, many point to Mark 16:9 which reads
"Now after He had risen early on the first day of the
week He first appeared to Mary Magdalene." The original
Bible manuscripts have no punctuation so translators
must add it. If you place a comma after "week" then it
would be identifying when Jesus arose. If you place the
comma after "risen" then it would be identifying when
Jesus appeared to Mary. Those who believe in a Sunday
resurrection place the comma after "week" and those who
do not place it after "risen" However the fact remains
that the Passover in 30 and 31 AD were on Wednesday.