What time did Jesus die?
June 13, 2014 1:49PM
Mark's Gospel is the most structured account of exactly what happened to Jesus in the last day of his life - perhaps too well structured to be entirely credible. He divided the last twenty four hours up into eight periods of exactly three hours each, with Jesus dying at 3:00 o'clock in the afternoon:
Mark 15:34-7: "And at the ninth hour [3:00 PM] Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost."
Matthew corroborates Mark's record of Christ's death: "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost." Matthew 27:47-50.