Dr. Brown Tackles Your Toughest Questions

Posted Jul 16, 2021 by Staff

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Dr. Brown, Thank you for your ministry. You are a powerful influence for Christ. Did Jesus die on the Day of Preparation or on the Passover. The final preparations for the Passover meal were done after noon on the “Day of Preparation for the Passover.” In Mark, the disciples ask Jesus “Where do you want us to prepare the Passover for us” (Mark 14:12). He gives them their instructions, and on this day of “Preparation,” they get everything ready. That evening, after it gets dark, they eat with Jesus the Passover meal. After they finish eating the meal, they go to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prays until the betrayer Judas Iscariot comes with the troops and he is arrested. Jesus spends the night in jail, is put on trial early the next morning, is condemned, and is then crucified at 9:00 am, on the day of Passover, the morning after he had eaten the meal (Mark 15:25). That’s Mark’s version. In John, Jesus goes to Jerusalem for the Passover. Here, too, he eats a last meal with his disciples (John 13–17). Afterward, Jesus goes out to pray, he’s arrested, spends the night in jail, is put on trial, and is condemned to be crucified. And we’re told exactly when this took place: “And it was the Day of Preparation for the Passover, about noon” (John 19:14). The Day of Preparation for the Passover? How could it be the “Day of Preparation for the Passover”? According to Mark’s Gospel, Jesus lived through that day, had the disciples prepare the Passover, and that night ate the Passover meal, only to be crucified the next morning at 9:00 am (not after noon). What’s going on here? Some claim that John cannot be historically accurate if Mark is historically accurate. In John Jesus dies the afternoon before the Passover meal was eaten, when preparations were underway for the meal that evening; in the earlier account of Mark, Jesus actually ate the meal with his disciples that evening and was killed the next day. Why the difference? Would you please address this issue? Thanks

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