• He told his followers he would rise on the third day
  • Give the guy a break man, he turned fishes into helicopters, or something, and turned water into southern comfort... He was entitled to a couple of days off?
    • RareCatch
      Excellent Sept. 21 2017
  • As Gary says here, Jesus said he would rise onthe third day. Remember that Jesus once said: “Just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights, so the Son of man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.” (Matt. 12:40). Jesus certainly fulfilled those words. There can be no doubt that Christ was raised from the dead, for afterward he showed himself alive to many of his disciples, once to some 500 of them. ( See 1 Corinthians 15:3-8) So strongly did Jesus’ disciples believe in the resurrection that they were willing to face even death to serve God.
  • The Gospel authors, in crafting the story of Jesus, borrowed themes and stories from scripture (what Christians call the Old Testament) and reworked them. This process is called midrash, and its use is extensive in the Gospels. So, to answer your question, it's on the 3rd day because that's how long the prophet Jonas was in the belly of the whale before emerging again (see Matthew 12:39:40).
  • When people were selling and taxing in the temple, He said that if you destroy this, It will rebuild in 3 days. (sorry, don't know the verse)
  • Not only was this a prophetic fufillment, but in the tradition of that time, the spirit wouldn't leave a body for three days. This would have eliminated any doubt that Jesus had actually died.
  • after a crucifixion, you'd want to sleep in for a while too.
  • In addition to all the good answers received already - the third day could have been a subtle allusion to the trinitarian nature of God.
  • I think there may have been a few things that Jesus did while he was dead. Remember, he said to one thief that died with him, "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."
  • well... it was the weekend and He needed to rest before getting back to all His work for eternity. He had quite a week ya know.... have you tried saving the world recently. its not as easy as it looks
  • Why did Lazarus come fourth? Why didn't he come third or fifth.
  • You telling me you've never rolled over and hit the "snooze" button?
  • He siad it would be on the third day and it's also prophetic before that.
  • He prophesied that He would rise on the 3rd day. Also, Jesus compared Himself with Jonah, for Jonah was in the belly of the fish for 3 days and 3 nights, so was the Son of Man (Jesus) in the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights.
  • They were tired of using the number seven for everything.
  • Times being what they were, I would image death was often misdiagnosed resulting in the dead ''coming back to life''. By waiting three days this explanation could be easily ruled out yo...
  • also in numerology (used throughout the scripture) the number three (3)means "grace". The death, burial, and ressurection of Jesus Christ was an act of grace by God to man. 2 is a witness 4 is death 5 is perfection 6 is the number of man 7 is completion 8 is eternity
  • This is a great question. The Jews would take turns outside someones tomb for three days in case their spirit returned. It was thought that a person could come back to life and there may be people in ancient times that appeared to come back from the dead who were in a coma or some other state. But after three days it was thought the body would be too rotted to return to. That is why Jesus waited to raise Lazaraus until after three days... Thanks for the question
  • i find this interseting about the 3rd day. If you count three 24 hour days from the time Jesus died, then He rose on a Monday instead of Sunday. Easter is wrong.
  • Simbolic? Three? Father, son and Holy Ghost (just a guess)
  • No such thing as jesus! Sept. 21 2017
  • cause thats when god decided to do it

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