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The Third Day

Of the sometimes-puzzling things that Jesus is recorded as saying, here’s one that has baffled many devout Christians:

“…Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, …”  (Luke 24:46)

Now, even casual students of the Bible will point to Isaiah 53, with its images of the suffering Messiah (Christ) as an example of a “Christ should suffer” prophecy.  But if you search the Old Testament for a place that specifically speaks of the Messiah being raised from the dead on the third day, you will come up empty.  That literal prophecy doesn’t exist.  So was Jesus misquoted here?  Didn’t He know the scriptures?   Was He quoting scriptures we don’t know about?   Did Luke later manufacture that statement (as critics of the Bible sometimes accuse)?  Just what is going on?    (Read More)

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