Page 8 - A True Gospel Chronology from the Crucifixion to the Resurrection
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  The Passion Events
When we take an honest look at the events that transpired from the crucifixion to the resurrection, we will get a true feel for the timeline that the gospels have established. The events, which come with their own time frames, are as follows,
• The crucifixion
• The burial
• The Pharisees on the day after the burial
• The women purchasing spices and preparing them
• The women resting on the weekly Sabbath
• The women visiting the tomb late on the Sabbath
• The guards at the tomb witnessing supernatural events
• The resurrection of Jesus from the dead
• The guards reporting the supernatural events to the Sanhedrin
When all of these events are allowed to remain within the timeframe given by the gospel writers, it becomes evident that the Friday afternoon to Sunday morning scheme is an impossibility. This scheme cannot stand if the gospel reports are allowed to stand as they are. This is what this paper will show.
Besides being unable to cram all the reported events into a Friday afternoon to Sunday morning scenario, is the fact that there are undeniably two Sabbath days in the gospel narrative. One is referred to by John as a “high day,” while the other is undoubtedly the weekly Sabbath. Both Mark and Luke mention this “high day,” although they do not use this phrase.
It is without controversy that Jesus was crucified during the day portion of the 14th of Abib, called Passover (Lev. 23:5). It is also without question, that the day after the crucifixion was a day counted as a sabbath, called by John, a “high day.”

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