How many days was Jesus in the tomb?

Answer: “3 days and 3 nights” (Matthew 12:40).

Many believe that Christ died Friday night and rose Sunday morning–that would be two nights and one day. However, the Bible says differently, and our quizzes are strictly based on the Bible.

Scripture tells us that Jesus was in the grave for exactly 3 days and 3 nights. Jesus said He would give no sign except this one to prove who He was.

Here’s what He said:

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Matthew 12:40

Jesus confirms this number of days after His resurrection too:

…it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day…

Luke 24:46

If we count from Friday night, one day later would be: Saturday night. Two days later would be Sunday night. And that puts us past Easter morning.

Friday night to Easter Sunday is only 2 nights and 1 day. This doesn’t match what Jesus said.

This exact 3 days and 3 nights was so important, Jesus said that this was to be the only sign to be given in this case:

…no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Matthew 12:39

Similar questions to this are in these two quizzes:

Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Who Wants to be a Bible Millionaire?

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