Was Jesus Crucified On Wednesday or Friday?

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Today I saw a lot of Facebook posts saying that Jesus was crucified on Wednesday instead of Friday. One of the main scriptures they use in an attempt to prove this view is Matthew 12:40 where Jesus said, "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."

The problem with this is that there are countless other scriptures that say Jesus was to rise on the "third day". And If Jesus was literally in the tomb for "3 days and 3 nights" then He would have risen on the "fourth day" rather than the third day. We know that can't be. So what is the solution?

It is my belief that Jesus included the night of his betrayal when referring to being in the whales belly for 3 nights. (See below)

Thursday - Night 1 (Betrayal)
Friday - Day 1 (Crucifixion and Burial)
Friday - Night 2
Saturday - Day 2
Saturday - Night 2
Sunday - Day 3 (Resurrection)


Common sense tells us that we cannot take one verse where Jesus mentions 3 days and 3 nights (Matthew 12:40) and override all of the other verses where he says He will rise on the THIRD DAY. If we include the night of the betrayal in Jesus' prophecy here then everything falls neatly into place without any contradiction.

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