Jesus Rose from the Dead on a Saturday?
Question: A certain sect has argued that the resurrection of Jesus was on a Jewish Sabbath. Is this possible?
Answer: Absolutely not.
From the epoch of Alfred Edersheim onwards, varying scholars ‚ ““ Jewish, Christian, and Messianic ‚ ““ have for decades ‚ postulated differing views and theories on the day of the crucifixion of Yeshua. None have subscribed to such a Sabbath resurrection, including Rabbi Pinchas Lapide in his book the Resurrection of Jesus in which he argues that from a Jewish perspective the resurrection of Christ is irrefutable. This is, of course, an asset in messianic apologetics and Jewish evangelism as Pinchas Lapide is both an Orthodox rabbi and a professor at Hebrew University (where I went to study science and medicine in my wayward youth).
Just as Jesus was the Paschal Lamb, we are told directly in 1 Corinthians 15:20 that He is the First Fruit of the Resurrection. ‚ On the first day of the Hebrew calendar week of Hag Matzot the Aaoronic High Priest descended into the Kidron Valley before dawn while still dark and, upon witnessing the first pin of light arising from the East of the Mt. of Olives, he would ceremonially harvest the first stalks of grain called the “First Fruit” in Leviticus 23-24 during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The very hour of the very day when this First Fruit ritual took place Yeshua, the Messiah, was the First Fruit of the Resurrection. The New Testament affirms this in no uncertain terms.
Those teaching otherwise are complete and utter frauds with no real knowledge of Judaism or understanding of the New Testament. Unfortunately too much of the modern Messianic Movement is taken over by heretical charlatans. ‚ The Messianic Movement has too many make-believe rabbis teaching make-believe doctrines to too many make-believe disciples of Yeshua. ‚ Unless you wish to end up looking ridiculous, avoid such moronic pseudo-spiritual imposters. Their warped teaching is contrary to Scripture.