The Resurrection was on a Saturday

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Mark 16:1 says when the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices that they might come and anoint Him.

However, in Luke 23:56, the women returned and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.

How could these women buy the spices and ointments after the Sabbath, and yet have them prepared before the Sabbath?

Not difficult at all. Most of us know nothing about the holidays of the Bible. And we certainly don't know that the Jewish annual holidays are also called sabbaths(Leviticus 23:32,39). The first day of Unleavened Bread is a Sabbath(Lev.23:7) --- "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day,(for that sabbath day was a high day,)besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and they might be taken away."(Jn.19:31).
When this annual Sabbath was past, the women bought spices and ointments(Mark 16:1) and also prepared them(Lk.23:56); that sunset started the weekly Sabbath and the women rested "according to the commandment"(Saturday Sabbath). "Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they come unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared...(Luke 24:1)

They bought & prepared the spices on the first available working day: the day in between the annual and weekly sabbath. Mark just uses the annual sabbath as his reference point; Luke uses the weekly sabbath as his.

According to the evidence in Scripture, Jesus died that year on a Wednesday--late afternoon, spent Thursday, Friday & most of Saturday dead in the Tomb until He rose alive Saturday--late afternoon; Exactly as He said!(Matthew 12:40), according to the Scripture(1Cor.15:4).

2002 Christian

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Mar 12, 2002
So why didn't the women go to the tomb on "the day in between the annual and weekly sabbath"?

We find evidence in Mark's account of the visit to the sepulchre: "And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?" Mark 16:1-3.

There is no question about this being an early Sunday morning visit. It is at sunrise. The very same women are named as in Matthew's account. Can we correctly assume that these same women had been to the tomb the night before and found Jesus risen? Impossible. Why? Because of the question they asked as they approached the garden on Sunday morning, "Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?" If they had been there Saturday just before sundown and found the tomb empty, they would have known that the stone was already rolled away from the door. This is absolute proof that they had not been to an empty tomb the day before.
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Praise the Lord! He arose! I don't care if it was Sabbath or the “first of the Sabbaths” (mia ton sabbaton, translated first day of the week), He arose!

If you get stuck on trying to figure out the minute He arose then you will miss the point of WHY He arose. Jesus didn’t finish His Work on earth, Heb 8:4, but went into the heavens (Heb 9:12ff) into the tabernacle made without hands and presented His gifts to the Father.
As “2002 Christian” has pointed out in an earlier post, you have scripture that points to an early first day of the week resurrection.

Praise the Lord for the resurrection and ATONEMENT!

Your servant in Messiah, Jesus,

p.s. send me a private email with your email address & I will send you something I wrote 20 years ago on the Sabbath.
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