What’s up with the three days in the tomb? Jesus said that he would be killed and rise again in three days. How does that work out if he died on Friday and rose on Sunday?
The Jews considered a part of a day as a full day when they designated a period of time. Accordingly, to them “three days and three nights” meant parts of three days. So it works out for Jesus in this way:
1. Jesus was placed in the tomb during the last daylight hours of Friday – day 1.
2. Jesus’ body resting in the tomb from sunset FRiday to sunset on Saturday (the Sabbath). – day 2
3. Jesus’ body still resting in the tomb from sunset Saturday until becoming alive sometime before sunrise on Sunday – day 3.