The Son of God: From Passover to Trial to Conviction to The Cross and Resurrection – The Timeline

The three days leading to the Resurrection are always difficult for me to comprehend. If Christ was crucified and buried on Friday, but rose on Sunday, He did not spend three days in his grave, as the Bible tells us He did, and we know He did. Christ celebrated Passover at sundown on what we consider Tuesday, but becomes the first hour of Wednesday in Israel. On Wednesday there, Christ died on the cross at about 2 p.m., which would be 8 a.m. in a central standard time zone on Wednesday. He was buried on the Jewish Wednesday by sundown. By 6 p.m. in Jerusalem tonight, Thursday in the U.S., becoming Friday there, The Son of Man had been in His grave for two days. See my timeline below and beautiful Acappella version (artists unknown) of Were You There When They Crucified My Lord. 


The date for Resurrection-Easter Sunday is connected to the historical Jewish Passover, which Jesus celebrated with his disciples beginning on the Jewish day of Wednesday, which began at 6 p.m. on what we think of as Tuesday. The history of The Feast of Passover is well documented. The Israelites were delivered out of Egypt as well as from slavery, in about 1450 BC, but the delivery of God’s chosen did not happen until God sent his tenth and final plague upon the Egyptian people. The Almighty dealt with Pharaoh in particularly harsh ways, and the final plague sent the Angel of Death to take the first born of each Egyptian household, but the Israelites were “passed over.”

At the commandment of God, the first Passover was celebrated at that specific time, beginning at 6 p.m on the Jewish day of Wednesday (6 pm Tuesday of our traditional day).  It was the first Feast celebrated after the Tabernacle was completed, just prior to the first anniversary of the exodus out of Egypt. The Commandment continues to this day.

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. John 13:1

So at the time of the events leading to Resurrection Sunday, the Jewish “day” every day, began at sundown. The Message Bible explains creation and “days” in Genesis:

“It was evening, it was morning — Day 1,”

Sometime after Passover, Christ was betrayed and arrested, still on Jewish Wednesday.

► By 6 a.m. on Wednesday, He was tried before Pontius Pilate and sentenced to death at 7 a.m.

✟ By 8 a.m. Jesus made His way to Calvary and was crucified on the cross at 9 a.m. on Jewish Wednesday – The Third Hour.

✟ At noon on Jewish Wednesday – the Sixth Hour – the darkness covered the land.

✟ At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, “it is finished.”

✟ The darkness lifts at 3 p.m. – The Ninth Hour.

✟ Christ was buried before sundown on Jewish Wednesday.

Day 1 ended at sundown at about 5:59:59 p.m. on the Jewish day of Wednesday

Then Christ rested in his tomb for three nights, as He said in scripture:

“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.

It was evening, it was morning Day 1: Wednesday 6 p.m. to Thursday 6 p.m. Christ rests in His tomb.

It was evening, it was morning Day 2: Thursday 6 p.m. to Friday 6.p.m. Christ rests in His tomb.

It was evening, it was morning Day 3: Friday 6 p.m. to Saturday 6 p.m. Christ rests in His tomb.

Three nights and three days – Christ was “in the heart of the earth.” ~ Matthew 12:40)

Then began the Jewish day of Sunday, which was Resurrection Day. After 5:59:59 pm Saturday, the Jewish Sunday morning, Christ rose from the dead. In the early morning hours of Resurrection Sunday, the Bible tells us “the women” arrived at the tomb and found it empty.

After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days, and spoke about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:3)

…He lifted up his hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, he left them and was taken up tino heaven. Luke 24: 50-51

Carl Middleton at GOD’s ANSWER is always Jesus posted a timeline as well, and I think we mesh. He has a very interesting story of what happened after Jesus’ trial. It may not be the story you are familar with. Read Jesus and the Passover for another intimate look at Jesus, the Passover Lamb.

At this exact moment, “back then,” The Son of Man was resting in his grave, soon to rise as the resurrected Son of God. Resurrection blessings to all my Christian readers. Wishing you and yours great inner peace knowing that  a meaningful Easter.


Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? (video)

  • You forgot one thing. According the the PA, Christian Churches and the left is the fact that Jesus was Palestinian and not a Jew. So why was he celebrating Passover, a Jewish Holiday?

    • findalis, well you know you and I always saw about the PA? What Palestinians? What Authority:-)

      • findalis, you know what you and I always say about the Palestinian Authority – There was no such thing as a Palestinian until Israeli statehood and what Authority?

  • Arlie

    So glad to see the truth here. Thank you. Michael Rood agrees with this 3 days and 3 nights timeline and has proved it in his videos on youtube. Seems some believers need to learn to count; among other errors in most teachings.

    Yeshua was not resting in his grave, he was in Abraham’s bosom or “shoul”-This was the time he descended into “hell”. Also, at his “”giving up the ghost” the earth quake opened many graves in Jerusalem. Yeshua, after being 3 days and 3 nights in shoul and after Mary saw him, many of the dead who had risen from their graves were seen in the streets of Jerusalem, these were the firstfruit offerings Yeshua brought to the Father, YHVH before he returned to earth for 40 days. He fulfilled the Spring Feasts of the LORD as the suffering savior and sacrificial Lamb.

    • I think what Maggie was saying, is that the body of Jesus was in the grave or tomb, (as in R.I.P.) while His Spirit was in the spirit realm performing things like sprinkling His own blood upon the Mercy Seat and taking those O.T. saints held captive in Abraham’s bosom to Heaven. We have only a glimpse of what took place during those three days.

    • Arlie and Carl, thank you both for your comments. I was saying Christ’s body was resting and didn’t go farther than that, but it would have been insightful had I thought to do so.