Jesus taught that He would be resurrected three days after His death, which occurred on the following Sunday after His death, but I was having trouble understanding how three full days fit in between His death and resurrection (which we celebrate on Easter Sunday).
During my study I found the following quote by Elder James E. Talmage, apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and noted scholar on the life and ministry of Jesus, which clearly answered my question:
"This specification of the third day must not be understood as meaning after three full days. The Jews began their counting of the daily hours with sunset; therefore the hour before sunset and the hour following belonged to different days. Jesus died and was interred during Friday afternoon. His body lay in the tomb, dead, during part of Friday (first day), throughout Saturday, or as we divide the days, from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, (second day), and part of Sunday (third day). We know not at what hour between Saturday sunset and Sunday dawn He rose."1Studying about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ has been a wonderful joy as I've continued to learn about the gospel of Christ including this clarification of when Jesus Christ was resurrected.
Learn more about Jesus Christ, such as the Last Words of Jesus, or browse through the category about Jesus Christ for other great articles and resources.
1. James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 32d ed. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1946, p. 697. Quoted in The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1979, 192.
Photograph: Burial of Christ Painting by Carl Bloch (1834-1890); Public Domain
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