This is a message I wrote and posted a couple of years ago:
Well I started very early this morning to try to figure out if Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday or a Friday.
Yes, I know He was crucified and after three days and nights, He arose. That is not in dispute. And totally out of curiosity I have been wanting to see what I could learn about this because the Bible only says the night Jesus was arrested was Passover. That the next day when he was on the cross it was "preparation Day, (a High Sabbath) And that He rose from the tomb before sunrise on a Sunday. And it is in Scripture that Jesus said he would be burried for three days and three nights.
There is confusion because the Church has been observing His death on the cross on "Good Friday" but that doesn't add up, so many Christians who have studied this issue came to the conclusion that Jesus was actually crucified on a Wednesday and some claim it was on a Thursday.
So like I said, I started this morning and was surprised that I got so far. I am sharing with you what I found from several websites about the feast days and Sabbaths of Holy Week and the only way it adds up is if Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday So here is what I found. You can agree or disagree or not care - makes no difference to me - but until somebody shows me where I am wrong, this what I believe about it.
Brief explanation: The feasts and Holy Days in the Old Covenant were “prophetic”. They were "shadows and copies" pointing to Christ Jesus. In the Jewish month of Nisan, in the week that Jesus was crucified, there is a day called “Passover” followed by the week long “Feast of Unleavened Bread” when no leaven is permitted in the house during this entire week so the Jewish people may eat only unleavened bread during those days.
Jesus was crucified on the day of Passover – the day the Paschal Lamb was slain. And the following day was a High Sabbath that began the week long “ Feast of Unleavened Bread”.
Day 1 is Passover – Not a Sabbath. (It is the 14th day of Nisan ) It is "Passover which began on sundown of Tuesday night and continued until sundown on Wednesday night. Jesus was crucified during the day on Wednesday. It is called “Preparation Day” because it is the day before a High Sabbath that begins the “week long “Feast of Unleavened Bread”. And Jesus is put in the tomb in the evening.
Day 2 is a High Sabbath, because it is the first day of the week long “Feast of Unleavened Bread” (It was the 15th day of Nisan) It was from sundown on Wednesday to sundown on Thursday and the end of the first full day and night day that Jesus was in the tomb.
Day 3 is not a Sabbath, (It is the 16th day of Nisan) it as from sundown on Thursday to sundown on Friday and is the second day of the week long “Feast of Unleaven Bread”. It is also called the day of “First Fruits “. (It is not a Sabbath). It was the end of the second full day and night that Jesus was in the tomb.
Day 4 is the “Weekly” Sabbath, (a Saturday). (The 17th day of Nisan) It was from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. It is the third day of the week long “Feast of Unleaven Bread”. And it was the end of the third full day and night that Jesus was in the tomb.
Day 5 is not a Sabbath – It is from sundown on Saturday to sundown on Sunday. (It is the 18th day of Nisan) the fourth day of the “Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus was resurrected early in the morning before sunrise. The women go to the tomb and find it empty. Jesus then appears to Mary Magdalene.
There are 3 more days remaining in the week long “Feast of Unleavened Bread” and none of those days fall on a High Sabbath or a weekly Saturday Sabbath. The last day of the week long “Feast of Unleavened Bread” is on a Wednesday, the 21st day of Nisan .
And there you have it! The only way it works is if Jesus was crucified on Wednesday. It was on Passover, that began at sundown on Tuesday and ended at sundown on Wednesday.
Show me where I am wrong and I will listen to you.