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DOCTRINE QUESTION 24
What Bible support is there for having Easter on Good Friday?
There are so many traditions that have been introduced into Christianity, that one is looked upon as a heretic to disagree with them. There is absolutely no biblical support that Easter Sunday or Good Friday were on the days which people celebrate them. Easter is strictly pagan in origin, and Good Friday was not the day He died. The death of our Lord is to be celebrated in the Lord's Supper. (1 Corinthians 11:26). He said to His people, "...this do, in remembrance of Me." Luke 22:19. The Friday theory is assumed from the account of Him being crucified the day before the Sabbath (Saturday). A careful reading of Leviticus 23 will show that there were many Sabbaths beside the weekly one. It was the day before one of these special Sabbaths that Jesus was crucified. "...(for that Sabbath was a high day)," John 19:31. This was a special one to begin the (feast of unleavened bread). Jesus was crucified on the Jewish Passover, the 14th. day of our April. Exodus 12 through to Exodus 13:4. It was followed on the 15th day by a seven day feast. This day was to be held as a Sabbath. (Leviticus 23:6-7). If Passover was on a Thursday, and the special Sabbath was on a Friday followed by the regular Sabbath, and Jesus arose on Sunday the first day of a new week, this would make three days and three nights in the tomb. "AS Jonah 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." Matthew 12:40. Here is the proof of the error held that He died on Friday.
The greater truth is not when He died, but that He died for you. He died so that we who deserve death for our sins, could be saved. Trusting Him is the only way - Acts 16:31. Go get your Bible and read it.
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Updated July 2009, by Shelly Allen