Exhortations

The View- Resurrection Day

What is the Truth—Saturday, Sunday, or Monday resurrection? 

As Christians, we believe that the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is Sunday. We also believe in our early journey in Christianity that Sunday is also called the Lord’s Day, Day of the Lord, Resurrection Sunday, Any Seventh Day of the week, Victorious Day of the Lord in defeating death, and Sabbath day as any 7th day of the week (no fix day), unlike the Seventh Day believers—The Adventist, wherein they believe that Sabbath Day is Saturday.

Many Christian believers are already settled that the resurrection of the Lord Jesus is Sunday. They are buried in Friday’s ninth hour (afternoon), making the third day a Sunday. It is suitable for quick thinking because we are rooted in that doctrine, but the Bible also wants us to seek the truth to free us from the bondage of error. Jesus’ words in Matthew 15:8-10: “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.” “They worship Me in vain; they teach the precepts of men as doctrine.” Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, “Listen and understand…”‘

Isaiah 29:13—The Lord said, “These people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is but rules taught by men. Their worship of Me is but rules taught by men. Scriptures from the Old and New Testaments advise not to worship or acknowledge teachings that will only put us to shame. Our responsibility is to listen rightly and understand before we act in submission.

The only sign in the Bible of the resurrected Jesus as Messiah, the Chosen One, is in Matthew 12:40. King James Version—”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….”

I am not a one-day-a-week worship believer, Lord’s Day (Sunday), or Adventist (Saturday) worshipper. Worship means, in my belief, clearly and dearly acknowledging the God of all creation, the Father Almighty; in this sense, He is present in my life every day, 24/7. When you worship the Almighty, you also acknowledge the presence of the mighty Son and the work of all the sons in Spirit (Holy Spirit). Isn’t it great we have the presence of the Father and the Son when we acknowledge the Spirit of God that He exists in our lives?

By tradition, we celebrate Good Friday with the crucifixion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ; by ancient tradition, they had to bury the dead before sunset; and by tradition, we also celebrate the resurrection on Sundays. So we call it Easter Sunday, Resurrection Sunday, or Lord’s Day.

As we learned, day and night are composed of 24 hours. Therefore, the day is 12 hours from 6 pm to 6 am, and the night is 12 hours from 6 am to 6 pm.

This three days resurrection doctrine was based solely on a link to Prophet Jonas as written in Matthew 12: 39-40—”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”

Matthew 12:39-40 is so essential that we should not forget, as this is the only prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection that lies mainly on the three-days-and-three-nights doctrine, the third night he rose again.

Three days and three nights consist of 72 hours. No one witnessed the resurrection because everyone who visited the tomb didn’t see the body of Jesus. It’s an empty tomb. He was already resurrected and on the way to show up with his followers, relatives, and friends, and the only sign that Christ is the Messiah can reference as it was written in the Bible. As Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:21—”to prove all good things…” the Bible lacks nothing and will reveal to us the truth.

Christ warned, “In vain do they worship Me teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men” (Mark 7:7-8).

We learned and believed that Jesus died on the cross at 3:00 pm Friday, considered part of the day, and has to be buried before sunset, which is 6:00 pm, which is still considered Friday in our tradition. Still, if we will reference the Bible, it is already part of Saturday night. So, to be less confusing, let us use the Bible. When they buried Jesus at 6 pm, it was already considered Saturday night, not Friday.

Matthew 12:39-40 is so essential that we should not miss remembering this is the only prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection that lies mainly on three days in and three nights, the third night he rose again. As we learned, day and night are composed of 24 hours. So 12 hours from 6 pm to 6 am is day and from 6 am to 6 pm is night. The three periods are 24 hours a day, totaling 72 hours that Christ would be in the grave (Sheol as described in the Bible, which means grave, not hell; others translated it).

Holy Thursday is the most suitable day for Jesus’ death and resurrection; Sunday will still be Easter Sunday, the resurrection day. But, if the lovely day is the Friday of Jesus’ death and resurrection, then Monday must be Lord’s Day.

The word of thought:

In Mark 7:13, Christ warns about the tradition of men: “Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

Genesis 1:3— God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good and separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning….”

Luke 23:44-46— Shortly that afternoon, around three o’clock ‘”It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,” “for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.” “Jesus loudly said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.”‘

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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