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|NASB||John 12:1 Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.|
|John 12:1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom He had raised from the dead. [Matt 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9]|
|Bible Question: Could someone cite and explain the differences in the four Gospel accounts of Easter(the Resurrection Appearances) in the light of the overall purposes of their Gospels?|
Bible Answer: John 12 to 21
The stone was rolled away and Jesus' body was already raised when Mary arrived Sunday morning BEFORE SUNRISE. Confusion arises because of the difference between God’s time, which the Hebrew kept, and Roman time as they relate to the Sabbaths. There is confusion among Christians also related to the Sabbaths wording and to understand it you must be familiar with the Passover and Feast of Unleavened bread of the Old Testament (Lev. 23).
In Genesis, God did not name the days, He just numbered them day 1, day 2, Etc. God starts each day with darkness at sundown. Our normal day is from midnight one day to midnight to the next day. Midnight is the 6th hour of the night in God’s time. God has 12 hour of darkness or night, followed by 12 hours of daylight, when combined these two are called one day.
500 plus years before Christ in Daniel 9:27, Gabriel tells Daniel in the Old Testament that sacrifice offerings will come to an end in the middle of the week. That would be Day 4 in God’s time or Wednesday normal time for us. Remember God’s middle day of the week starts on our Tuesday at sundown.
Tuesday Evening Normal Time (NT): It all begins on a Tuesday evening at the Last Supper when Jesus commanded His followers to celebrate a New Covenant in place of the Passover. The Old Testament Covenant required the killing of a lamb each year at Passover to atone for sin. Jesus Christ being the last and ultimate sacrifice for all of mankind's sin dies as our Passover lamb doing away with Old Testament Levitical Priesthood Administration and animal sacrifices, replacing it with the New Covenant procedure. To prepare His disciples for the New Covenant, Jesus washes the disciples feet and tells them they are to wash one an others feet by His example (John 12:12 to 16), making foot washing part of the procedure of His New Covenant. Qualifying as our New High Priest and Administrator of the law, Jesus said: we are to eat His body and drinking His blood, symbolized by Unleavened Bread and Red Wine, each year at this time of the Passover. Jesus did not do away with any of the Old Testament Laws or Holy Days, Jesus did away with only the Levitical Priesthood Administration of the law, and animal sacrificial process. Jesus Christ is now the Administer of the law by His holy spirit, which can live in you.
After the Last Supper Jesus is betrayed by Judas and handed over to the Sanhedrin and tried during the night by the Jewish High Priest. Jesus is taken to Pontius Pilate at Midnight Tuesday night normal time, or the beginning of Wednesday. This would be the 6th hour of God’s darkness on Wednesday. The trial of Jesus last almost all night and after the trial, Jesus is handed over to be scourged and beaten beyond recognition then made to carry His own cross/tree and is hung on the cross/tree at about Noon-time Wednesday. The sun is covered it turns dark at Noon until 3 p.m., Jesus Christ passes out from suffocation and dies when pierced in the side by a Roman solder. The water and the blood gush out of Him, washing us from our sin. Jesus must be buried before the 1st day of Unleavened Bread begins at sundown on Wednesday evening, the 15th of Nissan in God’ time.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Days 5, 6 and 7): Jesus is in the grave like He promised He would be. He is raised after being in the grave 3 days and 3 nights just before or after 6 p.m. Saturday evening. Early Sunday morning before sunrise Mary Magdalene finds Jesus grave empty and talks to Him not recognizing Jesus, she thinks He’s the gardener and wants to know to where His body was moved.