It Should Have Been Me

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53.5

On this day, about 33 A.D. our Lord was taken to “the place of the skull” and was crucified with two others – both of them criminals. They were dying for their own unjust deeds, and Jesus was dying for the sins of others. It should have been me.

I know that we celebrate Good Friday as the day of Christ’s crucifixion, but I struggle with getting three days and three nights out of a Friday crucifixion. Jesus’ words in Matthew 12.40 are clear: “For as Jonas was three days in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” The literal words of Jesus drive me to accept a Wednesday crucifixion. Let’s see how that could be possible.

Jesus was taken off the cross at 3 P.M. on Wednesday and carried to the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Sundown Wednesday till sundown Thursday would be one day and one night. Sundown Thursday till sundown Friday would be one day and one night. Sundown Friday till sundown Saturday would be one day and one night. That accounts for the three days and three nights of which Jesus spoke. The first day of the week would be counted as any time after sundown Saturday.

John 20.1 says that the women came to the tomb “very early in the morning …” and the tomb was empty. That in no way contradicts a Wednesday crucifixion. But regardless of what day we think Jesus died, He died for us. “he was wounded for our transgressions … ” That should have been ME on the cross … that should have been YOU on the cross, but “he was bruised for our iniquities … ” It should have been me, but I am thankful that “: the chastisement of (my) peace was upon him … ” Just my thoughts …

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