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23:54 the preparation. Evidently Joseph had prepared the tomb very near to Mount Calvary, in order to have quick access to the body and get it buried before the sabbath, which would begin at dusk, and on which the law required everyone to rest (Luke 23:56). Thus, Jesus died on the sixth day of the week, His body “rested” in the tomb on the seventh day, while everyone else likewise was supposed to be resting, and then rose again “upon the first day of the week” (Luke 24:1). As He had promised, therefore, He was “raised the third day” (Luke 9:22). There seems no way in this record to accommodate one or two more days between His death and resurrection, as some would argue. He was crucified on one day, rested in the tomb all through the second day, then was “raised the third day.”

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