Timeline of Christ's Burial and Resurrection

There were many important and historic moments in Jesus Christ's life. This particular week in history marks the events of his crucifixion, death and burial (on Wednesday), and resurrection on Saturday.

"Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again." [Luke 18:31-33]

Because this week was / is very significant in Christ's life and to the lives of all who believe upon him, we're sharing this timeline summarizing some of certain key events which took place that week in history, and their related Scriptures.

Basic things to note:

  • The chart references the Hebrew calendar during that 'resurrection year' in history.
  • The Hebrew day began at sunset, not at sunrise according to our western culture today.
  • The dates of Christ's fulfillment of prophecies pertaining to atonement exactly match the dates of the important feasts and activities which God had ordained the people to practice.
  • Different than traditionally believed, Christ did not die on Good Friday and rise on Sunday morning. Scripture indicates him being in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights (Matt. 12:40); which counting backwards brings his death / burial to Wednesday. (NOTE: 72 hours - is the limit of death prior to decomposition. However, Scripture specifies that though Christ would die and be buried for 72 hrs, his body would NOT see corruption (begin the process of decay / decomposition - See: Psa. 16:10, Acts 2:27, 13:35-37)

Jesus Christ is referred to in Scripture as 'The Lamb of God' [Jhn. 1:29] and 'Our Passover' [1 Cor. 5:7]. This represents his life as being the ultimate atonement offering for our sin:

"My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the righteous one.  He himself is the fully atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world." [1 Jhn. 2:1,2]

This is the week that those who believed upon Christ and received the salvation and spiritual wholeness which he made available, have MUCH to be thankful for!

This week is an important reminder that beyond our remembrance of his death / sacrifice for our sins, that we're are called to live in the accomplishments of the Resurrected Christ. Scripture instructs us to live as people who have received spiritual wholeness and salvation and have a grace-based relationship with God.

God has Truly blessed us through Christ's accomplishments.

- Anothen

PS: for further study on the topic we recommend reading 'Jesus Christ Our Passover' - by The American Christian Press.