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 Other Third Day Sayings of Jesus
It is obvious with even a casual reading of the gospels, that this saying of “three days and three nights” is not the only saying of Jesus with regard to the time of His resurrection. In fact, Matthew 12 is the only place it is found.
There are about three other sayings from Jesus related to this three day period. A. The most common one is as follows,
Matt. 17:22-23
22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: 23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.
There are nine places in the gospels where the phrase “the third day” is used in connection with Jesus being raised. (Matt. 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; Mark 9:31; 10:34; Luke 9:22; 18:33; 24:7; 24:46).
This phrase tells us Jesus would be raised up at some point during the third day, after He is killed.
B. A second phrase is only used twice, once by Jesus and once by Pharisees.
Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Matt. 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
The interesting thing about the statement of the Pharisees, is that the only place where Jesus used the phrase, “after three days,” was in the presence of His disciples at Caesarea Philippi. The only statement Jesus made to them, apart from the temple sayings found in John 2, was concerning the sign of Jonah. This may be a hint of how they understood Jesus’ statement of ‘three days and three nights.’ For them, it was understood to mean, after three days and three nights, or after three days.
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