Question: I became a Christian at age 13, and that was the greatest day of my life. My concern is that I have difficulty believing in prayer, although I still pray all day while working. I was an abused child both sexually and psychologically, and many nights I cried myself to sleep because of what I had gone through. After praying for years I realized my situation was not going to be changed, and it didn’t. firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: I am a young lady and a single mother. I was into prostitution at the time I got pregnant. The father of my child denied responsibility and I have lived dependent on my parents. Thanks to the almighty God for changing my life. I received Christ while I was still pregnant. I had gone to a public health clinic. They had run some tests on me. When I went back for the results, I almost collapsed and died.
Question: I’m a Christian man and I’m in love with a Muslim girl. She’s [at] work with me. I’ve never thought of being married [with] her because I’m living in a country that prohibits Christian men marrying Muslim women, so I’m just loving her. The problem is that from the time I felt emotions towards her, I felt things going upside down in my life and I started thinking that this might be God’s voice for me to stop loving her. So, could it be so and if true, what can I do? It’s very difficult to get rid of this love because we see each other nearly everyday in our job. So is love with an unsuitable partner a sin, even pure love? Please help me.
Bible Questions Answered by Paul R. Van Gorder (Radio Bible Class):
Question: A young believer has asked the following question: “If Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose on the first day of the week, how could He have been in the grave for 3 nights?”
Answer: First of all, I am aware that there is a great difference of opinion among equally sincere students of the Word of God as to what day our Lord was crucified. Please allow me to sketch briefly what I believe to be the order of events.
It is important to realize that two Sabbaths occurred in the week of Christ’s death. Thursday was the “great” or Passover Sabbath, while Saturday of that week was the regular weekly Sabbath. Matthew 28:1 makes reference to “the end of the Sabbath.” Literally, this statement should read “the Sabbaths having just passed,” or “after the Sabbaths.” The word “Sabbath” in Matthew 28:1 is in the plural, indicating that two Sabbaths occurred that week.
Tuesday night of the final week of His earthly life, the Lord Jesus ate the Last Supper with His disciples. Remember, the Hebrew day began at sunset. So the Last Supper was actually eaten on Wednesday; that is, some time after 6 o’clock on what we would call Tuesday night. Then followed His prayer in the garden, His arrest, and His appearance before Pilate, Herod, and Caiaphas. Finally, He was taken back to Pilate, condemned to death, and led out to be crucified. I believe this all occurred on Wednesday.
In John 19:31 it is recorded, “The Jews, therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day (for that Sabbath day was an high day), [the Jews] besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.” The Sabbath day referred to in this verse was the “great Sabbath” and occurred on Thursday. So our Lord’s body was taken down from the cross on Wednesday and buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. His body was in the tomb that Thursday (the great Sabbath), Friday (a work day), and Saturday, the regular weekly Sabbath. This fulfills the 3 days and 3 nights (Matthew 12:40).
Our Lord arose from the grave some time before sunrise on Sunday, the first day of the week. Remember that when Mary arrived at the tomb before sunrise He had already risen (John 20:1, 2)
Therefore, even though we commemorate our Lord’s death on Good Friday, I believe He actually was crucified on Wednesday. [Maybe we should have Good Wednesday services.]* This accounts for His being in the tomb 3 days and 3 nights, and it fulfills the type of Jonah being in the belly of the fish for the same amount of time.