Most non-Christians agree that Jesus was crucified; just like the 1000s of other “criminals” of the state that the Romans executed. The problem for Christians, however, is the date of Jesus’ death.
Died On Passover Night or Not?
A close examination of New Testament texts reveals that the Books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all agree that the Last Supper was actually a Passover Seder. Bearing in mind that Jesus was crucified on the very next day following the Last Supper, that would mean that according to all three synoptic Gospels, Jesus was crucified on the first day of Passover, or the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan (for example, if tonight were a Passover Seder, then tomorrow would be the first day of Passover).
The author of the Book of John, however, completely contradicts the first three Gospels, and maintains that Jesus was crucified on the eve of Passover, or the 14th day of Nissan. The Book of John reads, “Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover . . . . Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.” (19:14-16)
John’s description of what transpired during the Last Supper is entirely different from the accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. John cannot include a Passover Seder in his version of the Last Supper because the night of the Last Supper fell on the night of the 13th day of Nissan, which was not a holiday. Moreover, John begins his 13th chapter by saying, “Now before the festival of the Passover . . . .”
The Bible two different dates for the death of Jesus. The implications of this contradiction cannot be overstated because both claims cannot be true. Jesus was crucified either of the eve of Passover, which is the 14th day of Nissan, as John contends, or on the first day of Passover, which is the 15th day of Nissan, as the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke maintain.
How can anything in the Bible be trusted when it is wrong on one of the most important events in the Bible. You believe that the bible is he word of God and that it can’t be wrong. Well, it is wrong.