Jesus died and rose from the grave. This you already know is one of the central themes of the New Testament.
And for hundreds of years, many have either assumed or been told that Jesus died on a Friday afternoon, was placed in a tomb Friday evening and then was resurrected sometime around sunrise a day and a half later on Sunday morning.
But you may be surprised about what the Bible actually says concerning the timetable of these important events.
"If people would just crack open their own Bibles, they'd realize that not only are the words Friday and Sunday absent, but the widely perceived time frame is not possible if you believe the actual words of Jesus Christ," says Joe Kovacs, author of the best-selling book "Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told."
In "Shocked," Kovacs, a staunch defender of the Holy Bible, probes the day Jesus really died and the day He actually rose from the grave, all based on what the Bible itself has to say, not what centuries of misinformation and man-made tradition have led millions to believe.
"In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus Himself said He would be in the grave for 'three days and three nights,'" Kovacs explains. "And in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus taught his disciples that He would rise from the grave 'after three days.' Even a child could tell you that between Friday evening and sunrise Sunday morning, you cannot count 'three days and three nights,' as well as 'after three days.'"