Preparation Day

Jesus died on Preparation day, Friday never mentioned in Scripture.  All four Gospels consistent as to what day Jesus died.

(John 19:42) Therefore because of the Jewish  day of preparation, since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. NASB

(Mat 27:62-63) Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and said, "Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I am to rise again" NASB

(Mar 15:42) When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,


(Luke 23:54) It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. NASB


(John 19:14) Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he *said to the Jews, "Behold, your King!" NASB


The Gospels are consistent Jesus dies on Preparation Day, the day the lambs are sacrificed and prepared for the Passover feast (the 14th of Nisan)

(Exo 12:6)  'You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.

(Exo 12:7)  'Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.


If you are preparing for the Passover this means the Passover has not taken place and since Jesus has already eaten the Last Supper it could not have been the Passover Feast.


In this culture would it make sense to be preparing for the Thanksgiving Feast the day after Thanksgiving or Friday?  The act of preparing indicates a future event.  Preparing for the Passover indicates that the Passover has not taken place yet.

Jesus was in the grave before the Passover feast began on Thursday evening.  He dies with the Passover lamb,Thursday afternoon at the exact hour the lambs are sacrificed and is in the grave on "Good Thursday" fulfilling the Sign of Jonah of 3 days and 3 nights exactly.   Good Friday, Friday afternoon to Sunday morning is not three days and three nights but only 2 days and 2 nights.

Not only does Scripture specifically state Jesus died on the day of Preparation for the Passover but early church writings indicate a strong assertion from the disciples of John and church at Asia Minor that the crucifixion occurred on the 14th of Nisan.  In fact, Victor the bishop of Rome attempted to excommunicate them for this belief.


  Polycarp was martyred for his belief in Christ.  He sat at the feet of those who walked with Jesus and he insisted on observing the 14th.