|Crucifixion in the Middle of the Week|
|Written by arkwriter|
|Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:06|
Crucifixion in the Middle of the Week
The Messiah’s Crucifixion
Precedes the Temple’s Destruction
About 530 B.C. Daniel prophesied the time that the Messiah would come. There are two important events that are inter-related in Daniel’s prophecy. In Daniel 9:26 he prophesied “Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.” (Daniel 9:26). The Messiah’s “cut off” may be interpreted as His being forsaken by the Father and His death on the cross (Mt. 27:46-50). The “prince” in verse 26 is not the same one as “Messiah the Prince” in verse 25. This second “prince” who was to destroy Jerusalem and the temple refers to none other than Titus, son of the Roman emperor Vespasian. Titus succeeded his father and became an emperor. In 70 A.D. he had used more than 80,000 Roman troops in his invasion of the city and destruction of the temple and its sanctuary. The crucifixion of Yahshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and the destruction of the temple are closely inter-related (Mt. 24:1-2; Jn. 2:19-21).
Today, many Jews have not accepted the Lord Jesus as their Messiah and they are still waiting for Him to come. The destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and its sanctuary is a fact of history that nobody can deny. Its temple ruins still stand as a testimony. The existence of the Lord Jesus Christ is also a fact of history. He actually lived about thirty-seven years before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. The Jews have only two options. They will have to either consider Daniel’s prophecy as incorrect, or believe Yahshua of Nazareth is the Messiah.
Jesus Christ died in the Middle of the Week
In his prophecy Daniel wrote: "And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; . . . Then He shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. "(Dan. 9:26-27). The Messiah's "cut off” may be interpreted as His being forsaken by the Father and His death on the cross (Mt. 27-46-50). Jesus did not die for Himself but for the sins of mankind. The Seventieth Week that Daniel prophesied refers to the Holy Week or as some call the Passion Week. What covenant was Daniel writing about? It is none other than the New Covenant that God had promised to establish with His people (Jer. 31:31-34). During the Lord's Supper Jesus “took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Mt. 26:26-28) Jesus Christ confirmed the New Covenant that very evening before He was crucified. In this New Covenant He Himself became the supreme sacrifice and offering for the sins of mankind, and thereby had, once and for all, abolished the temple offerings and sacrifice of animals (Heb. 9-12-28). According to Daniel's prophecy the Messiah would "bring an end to sacrifice and offering” – “in the middle of the week". The first day of the week is Sunday and the seventh day is Saturday. The middle of the week is Wednesday. Jesus did not die on a Friday! Our Lord Jesus Christ said “that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me." (Lk. 24:44).
Buried Three Days and Three Nights
After the scribes and Pharisees wanted to see a sign from Him our Lord stated: ". . . and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Mt. 12:38-40) Although there is no scriptural indication that our Lord was crucified on a Friday, yet there is clear evidence that on Sunday morning He had already resurrected. Consider John's record: “Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.” (Jn. 20:1) The underlined portion "while it was still dark" indicates that it is possible our Lord had resurrected on Saturday evening which is considered the First Day of the week because the biblical day begins in the evening (Gen. 1-5, 8; Lev. 23:32). If our Lord had risen on Saturday evening or even on Sunday morning, then He could not have died on Friday because that cannot account for His burial in the tomb for three days and three nights.
When we study Daniel's and also our Lord's prophecies together, both of them point to the Wednesday (middle of the week) crucifixion. Our Lord died not too long after the ninth hour which would be after 6:00 p.m. according to our time (Mk. 15:34-37). He was buried on Wednesday evening (Mt. 27:57-60). From Wednesday evening to Saturday evening there are exactly three days and three nights. The prophecies are fulfilled! The Holy Bible is infallible!
We should not be dogmatic about the exact day of the Lord's crucifixion and resurrection because it does not effect the Christian's salvation. The important thing is that God loves and saves all Christians who believe the Lord Jesus Christ as their one and only Savior, and that He died for their sins, was buried and resurrected from the dead. In the light of this research study which appears to be correct, I would like to urge Christians to be fair and open-minded about the celebration of Passover, and not be judgmental on others who may differ from their views. We are all looking forward to the Lord's Second Coming!
May God bless you
This article was a presentation by Paul Wong
to the ARK Forum on March 26, 2002
It was published on this Website on September 22, 2009
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