The Time Of The Death And Resurrection Of Jesus Christ. -- By: R. G. Jones

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 051:203 (Jul 1894)
Article: The Time Of The Death And Resurrection Of Jesus Christ.
Author: R. G. Jones


The Time Of The Death And Resurrection Of Jesus Christ.

R. G. Jones

Utica, N. Y.

The life of Jesus Christ on earth was but short, yet so important that it has become the central point of the history of all ages. His death and resurrection were the most important events in his history. The time in which they occurred was very short,—not quite one week. Yet that short period has occupied the attention of the best expositors in Christendom for centuries, and they have entirely failed to harmonize the history as related by the four Evangelists. Tholuck, in his Commentary on John, says: “The larger portion of the modern critics have been led by an examination of this subject to the ultimate result, that there must be a mistake on one or the other side, either on the part of John or on that of the first three Evangelists” (p. 303).

This is a very serious charge against the inspiration and authority of the Evangelists. If they made mistakes at such an important period regarding so short a time, how can we trust their larger history and doctrinal teaching? Are the critics, expositors, and harmonists infallible? May they not be mistaken? Have they fully considered all the facts related by the Evangelists? Have they not substituted their own opinions, or those of the ancients, instead of the facts stated by the Evangelists? I believe, that when all the facts are duly considered and properly represented, it will be found that the four Evangelists are in perfect accord. I have searched widely and diligently, for many years, the works of the learned on this matter, but have not succeeded in finding one who has taken into account all the facts, and properly used them. I will state the facts, and then proceed to harmonize them.

1. Than the last supper which Jesus ate with his disciples was not the paschal supper proper. He did not eat of the paschal lamb.

2. That he was crucified on a preparation day before a Sabbath. But that Sabbath was a ceremonial, or Passover, Sabbath, and not the seventh-day Sabbath. That he lay in the grave over two Sabbaths, the paschal and weekly.

3. That he predicted he would be in the grave three days and three nights, which must mean, by fair reckoning, seventy-two hours.

4. That he was buried before sunset on the same evening of the crucifixion, the light yet remaining in the firmament belonging to the Sabbath -which was about to begin as they finished burying him.

5. That the two women Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the

grave at very nearly the same time of day at which Jesus was buried, before sunset in the first watch, which began at six...

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