Jesus said it would be 3 days and 3 nights.
Friday afternoon until Sunday morning is 2 nights and one day using elementary mathematics.
This is another example of how understanding the hebraic context of the scriptures is helpful. The Passover is a Sabbath no matter what day of the week it lands on...but besides that the Essenes held a different calendar than the Judeans so there was even a dispute as to which day Passover really began on in those days...
It is entirely possible (maybe even likely) that there were two different days observed by the two different groups much the same as the Eastern Orthodox celebrate christmas and ishtar on different days than Roman Catholics (and thus Protestants by default)
Jesus also said "On The Third Day".
This example is from the link that I posted earlier:
A literal 72 hr. example in scripture;
Let's say this is on a Wed.
Cornelius recieves a vision about the ninth hour(3 pm)
Jesus,about the ninth hour(3pm) cried out with a loud vioce and gave up the ghost.
Lets say This is on a Thursday
A:)Acts 10:9 On the next day,the servants enter Joppa,and meet with Peter
B:)This day is supposably a Sabbath, although "feast days" were never ever called a Sabbath(outside of the books of Moses) through out the rest of the Bible.
Let's say this is on a Friday.
A:)Acts 10:23 On the next day, Peter leaves with the servants to go to Caesarea.
B:)From about 6pm, after Thursday Sabbath and ALL daylight hours Friday, Mary is buying and preparing spices,and runs out of time to go to the tomb.
Let's say this is a weekly Sabbath, not the feast Sabbath,as it was called on Thursday.
A:) Acts 10:24 The Next day, Peter and the servants enter Caesarea where Cornelius is waiting for them.
B:)Jesus supposably is risen about the ninth hour(3pm), The gaurds are sleeping. No one knows that He has risen..
A:)Acts 10:30(still the same day)" Cornelius said, FOUR DAYS AGO I was fasting until THIS HOUR; and at the ninth hour(3pm)............."
The first day of the week
A:)Mark 16:1,2 The Marys went, very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. About 15 hours after Christ had risen, they finally find out.........
According to this theory, Jesus would have, burden a donkey the previous Sabbath, and He would not be the anti-type of First Fruits/Wave Sheaf.
AS we see in JOHN 19v 16-31, we see that it is a (HIGH DAY) and in which there where to be know bodies "hanging around on that day, so to speak. that HIGH DAY is actually, a sabbath so, now that is wednesday over with and the beginnig of a HIGH SABBATH.
then the next day wich would be a (thursday), we se in MATHEW; 28 V62-66, THAT THE CHIEF PRIEST & PHARISEES are still trying to "catch out christ", by sending soilders to guard the tomb where christ was. so this was thursday gone. end of the (HIGH SABBATH). Know when we read about the MARY'S PREAPARING THE SPICES (LUKE 23 v54-56) before the sabbath, that is the "sabbath" that GOD had commanded. when they rested it was friday everning to saturday everning. so when they went to the tomb and saw the ANGEL OF THE LORD (mathew;28 v 2-6), you see that the LORD had already risen, meaninnig that JESUS was in the tomb excactly 3 days and 3 nights. Not only does that prove that JESUS was in the grave 3 days and 3 nights, it also proves that (a) HE still keeps the sabbath that HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN commanded and (b) that the 1st day of the week is SUNDAY , AND NOT THE " HOLY SABBATH " that christains today believe.
MAY GOD SPEED .