Was Jesus In The Grave Three Full Days?
"Three days and three nights" was a common Jewish idiom (also known as "inclusive day" or "time reckoning"). It is another way of saying "the third day" in the Jewish language. "Three days and three nights" does not have to mean 72 full hours; but simply PART of three literal days. A few examples of this phraseology can be seen in 1 Samuel 30:12-13; Esther 4:16-5:1; Matthew 12:40; 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; Mark 9:31, 34; Luke 9:22). Jesus was resurrected on the third day from the time of His crucifixion (Matthew 16:21). The third day from the time of His crucifixion was the first day of the week (Luke 24:1, 13, 21; 13:32). Therefore, Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week (Mark 16:9).
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