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 Using the proper translation of agei, we can ask, what is passing? The verse tells us "today is passing". What is today passing from? Today is passing from this third
day. What third day? The third day since these things happened.
Below is the Greek of this whole portion of the second part of this verse, along
with its word-for-word translation.
trithv tauthv hmeran agei shmeron af ou tauta egeneto
Third this day is passing today since these things happened
To translate this segment into more fluid English, we would read, "Today is passing from this third day since these things happened."
So the meaning of this part of the verse is that today is passing (moving away) from the third day, since these things being discussed happened. This is much different from the unfortunate traditional translation of 'today is the third day'.
It is obvious from the statement of these disciples, that the third day was significant for them. They understood Jesus had said He would be raised from the dead on the third day. It seems they were counting to the third day since these things happened.
The meaning of "these things" points to when the chief priests and rulers handed Jesus over to be crucified. So “these things” would point to the day of the trial, crucifixion, and burial.
We know from the text of Luke 24, that this 'today' was the first day of the week, which was "far spent" (Luke 24:29). So this ‘today,' the first day of the week, was passing from, or moving past, the day that was counted as the third day since the crucifixion and burial.
This can be a bit confusing because we are accustomed to counting from the day of burial to the day of resurrection. Here, they were counting from the day of resurrection to the day of the crucifixion. They were just counting backward, instead of counting forward.
If the first day of the week was passing from the day that was considered the third day since these things happened, this would make the seventh day of the week, the weekly Sabbath, the third day from the crucifixion and burial.
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