Certainly it is an event worthy of the celebration and great rejoicing which we accord it each year at Easter. The Bible provides a number of clues, but the information it offers has not been sufficient to provide an indisputable correlation with our calendar. While noting other viewpoints, it will also attempt to show that this date was already the most likely candidate if one considered only biblical evidence concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus.It will then note how conflicting evidence concerning the (See Matt.
All four Gospels agree that the Savior was crucified on a day of “preparation” for a Sabbath—that is, the day before a Sabbath. ; Mark ; Luke ; John .) But a problem arises because the word “Sabbath” could refer either to a weekly Jewish Sabbath (Saturday) or to a feast day.Feast days were sacred days of rest, but they often fell on a day of the week other than Saturday. .) Therefore, the “day of preparation” on which Jesus was crucified could refer to either (1) a Friday, the day before a weekly Sabbath, or (2) the day before a feast day (possibly any day of the week).Proponents of both interpretations find biblical support for their positions because there is evidence that the Sabbath following the Crucifixion was both a Saturday In support of a feast day Sabbath, John explicitly states that the day of preparation on which Jesus was crucified was “the preparation of the passover.” (John .) At the same time, the continuity of events described in the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) indicates that the Sabbath that began shortly after the Savior’s death was also a Saturday, the weekly Jewish Sabbath, because it was the day preceding the day of the Resurrection.On Easter Sunday, 3 April 1836, the Savior, Moses, Elias, and Elijah appeared in succession in the Kirtland Temple and restored priesthood keys required for the dispensation of the fulness of times.(See D&C 110.) Elijah’s coming had been prophesied more than twenty-two centuries earlier by Malachi. 4:5; D&C 1.) This is the first of two articles that discuss the importance of this restoration and suggest that it occurred on an Easter day chosen in part because of its symbolic significance.
This first article reviews how the disciplines of scriptural study, history, and astronomy can be used to propose from the New Testament a precise date for the Savior’s resurrection: Sunday, 3 April 33, on our calendar.
After noting some of the reasons why other dates have been proposed, this article suggests that modern revelation supports that date.
Part 2 will consider the relationship of the Passover ceremony to the Lamb of God and then will discuss the return of the Savior, Moses, Elias, and Elijah; the priesthood keys and authority they restored; and the significance of this restoration occurring on 3 April 1836.
The reader should keep in mind that the topics addressed in these two articles are complex, and that some of the evidence employed is by its nature inexact; nevertheless, the reader may well find the proposed conclusions to be of serious interest.
(See note The morning of the Savior’s resurrection could be considered the most important moment in earthly history.
The announcement “He is risen” signaled that death had been conquered and the Atonement accomplished. Although the date of the Savior’s resurrection has been the subject of careful study for centuries, there has not been agreement among scholars on the day of the month or even the year it occurred.