Great Sermon! After extensive study on the dating of Jesus death we find a little confusion in the Gospels. Here is how it works out. The Jewish day begins at 6:00 PM the previous day. So if we are saying a Jewish Friday then it begins at 6:00 PM Thursday. Passover (Nisan 14) of the year of Jesus death was a Thursday, therefore it started at 6:00 PM Wednesday. Jesus had to be removed from the cross before Passover began. The last supper was actually at the beginning of preparation day, after 6:00PM Tuesday. Jesus stated that He wanted to have Passover meal with the disciples, not that He did. He was the Passover Lamb. Next Passover is a high Holy day, as well as the first day of the week of unleavened bread that begins the next day, Friday, and is considered a Sabbath day. Saturday, of course is always a Sabbath day. Jesus resurrected sometime after 6:00PM Saturday, which would be Sunday. That is three nights and three days.
I pray this helps any confusion. However as Dr. Cairns says, what is really important is that His blood washed away our sins so that we may stand before God.
Pastor Herb Hatfield (7/18/2011)
from Aberdeen, Mississippi
Great Sermon! I am glad to know that Dr. Cairns is honest with the scriptures and will not accept the Catholic teaching about the death of Christ. He is correct is his position. Christ kept the Jewish Passover on Tuesday night, (Nisan 14) was crucified on Wednesday and came forth from the grave some time after 6pm on Saturday, which was the beginning of the new week, according to Jewish time.
P J Gordon (12/14/2009)
from Helensburgh, Scotland
Closely studied subject! This is so amazing that Dr. Alan Cairns has closely studied this and believes that according to the scriptures Christ died late on a Wednesday. I am not sure if Dr. Cairns has done any deeper sermons on this but I am going to have a go.
Dr. Alan Cairns served for 25 years as pastor of Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC, before retiring and being named Pastor Emeritus in 2007. Prior to coming to the United States, he pastored Free Presbyterian churches in Dunmurry and Ballymoney, in Co. Antrim, Northern...