If you just read the Gospel account of the crucifixion it's not hard to see that Jesus was crucified on Friday and rose on Sunday morning. The problem comes when Jesus said in Matthew 12:40 KJV
"For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
Now folks can't fathom how Jesus could be crucified on Friday, rise up Sunday morning and it is three days and three nights. I mean three days and three nights are 72 hours, right? Well, it IS 72 hours if you count days like we Americans do today. No doubt about it. But let me ask you a question. Is it more important to count days the way we do today or count days the way the Jews did at the time the passage was written? The obvious answer is it's more important to count days the way Jews did back then!
How did the Jews count days? Our day starts in the morning but the Jewish day started at sundown! Night was the first part of the Jewish day. When Jews counted days they never counted half of a day as we do. Any part of a day was considered a full day. This is called Inclusive Reckoning.
So How Did The Jews Come Up With Three Days and Three Nights?
Let me start off by saying this is not going to make sense to us Americans but it doesn't have to! It only needs to make sense to the people it was written to at the time! You have to remember when trying to understand a Biblical passage it doesn't matter what it means to you. I can't emphasize this enough! You MUST find out what the passage means to the person it was written to or you'll never get the right meaning of scripture! So let's count the days as the Jews did!
Thursday night. I know what you're going to say. Thursday had nothing to do with Friday. It doesn't the way we count days but to the Jews, this was the first night according to Inclusive Reckoning!
Friday. The crucifixion.
Friday night. Jesus is in the tomb.
Saturday. Jesus is translating the Old Testament saints to Heaven.
Sunday. Christ rises from the tomb!
Counting days this way a Friday Crucifixion and a Sunday morning resurrection fit with three days and three nights.
I got this information from a completed Jewish Rabbi that I can ask questions! He has helped me on numerous occasions! He passed away and I really miss him.