How Many Days Was Jesus In The Grave?

This post is a little over 2 years old. Though it’s an “oldie” it’s a goody ;-)

This question frequently comes up “how in the world is Friday eventing to Sunday morning “3-days”???

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Start by looking at all the references to how many days Jesus was in the grave in Matthew, you’ll quickly find that he basically says Jesus was in the tomb until the third day, he rose on the third day, as well as after three days. Then there’s the famous “three days and three nights” statement with reference to Jonah in the fish (or was it a whale???) in Matthew 12:40.

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You Gotta Serve Somebody

Bob Dylan had a song “You Gotta Serve Somebody”

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

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Most people don’t know, if they are not actively following Jesus, they are slaves to sin. They feel like they are free. They make their own choices, they live their own life. In their mind, submitting to God’s way would be restrictive, but this is an illusion.

It’s like a fish who’s mad their parents taught them not to eat the shrimp floating in the water… there’s a hook in that shrimp and you can’t survive out of the water.

Jesus is FREEDOM, follow him and be set free from sin and death. 

Are You Thirsty?

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

John 7

When the water was flowing through the streets of Jerusalem Jesus stood up and said, “Come to me… I can give you the water that you seek… I can give you the Holy Spirit!”

Do you want the Holy Spirit? Get to know Jesus…

I AM

There are supposedly “Seven I AM Statements” in the Gospel of John

When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

John 6:19-20 ESV

When Moses was before the burning bush he asked for God’s name. God’s response was ἐγώ εἰμι “I AM”

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Noah(?)

I was excited to go see Noah. I remember seeing a preview for the film just about exactly one year ago at the Catalyst conference in Dallas in April 2013. Who wouldn’t want to see the epic depiction of just a huge high-point in the Old Testament, and the casting looked awesome, I’m a fan of Russle Crow, I think men should be men, and he does that pretty well “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!”

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So I began to hear Christians go back and forth about Noah… before it even came out. My gut reaction was “hold on there fellas, we can’t say it’s good or bad until we can say it’s good or bad.” We have to at least give the movie the decency to actually watch it before we are critical or laud its message.

Well, now I’ve seen it, and I have some thoughts… (warning, there are spoilers below, and I didn’t edit this at all before I posted it)

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