“Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day.'” Luke 24:45-46 (NASB)
Jesus emphasized that His death and resurrection were a part of a plan; this was something that had to happen. A suffering messiah had not been easy for the disciples to accept (Matthew 16:21-22). This is why so many failed to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, and why many saw the cross as a stumbling block (1 Corinthians 1:23).
Jesus specifically mentioned the prophecies of the resurrection on “the third day.” This has troubled some students of the Bible, because they cannot account for three full days in the Scriptural record. But in the normal speech of that time, a span of “three days” could cover any portion of those days. Jesus was crucified on…
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