When a Christian hears “the third day”, they ought to think of the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Jesus predicted He would rise on the third day after His death, and He did.
So “the third day” is used idiomatically in Christianity to refer to Resurrection Sunday. But why “the third day”? Have you ever thought of that? Is the lapse of time from Jesus’ death to His resurrection arbitrary? Why didn’t Jesus say “and He will be raised on the fourth day”? Certainly if He rose from the dead on Monday, that would still be an amazing thing. Why the third day instead of the fourth day?
Both Jesus and Paul tell us that the third day is not arbitrary, but derived from the Old Testament Scriptures:
But one of the great mysteries is this – there is no predictive prophecy in the Old Testament that links the third day to the Messiah. There is nothing that essentially says “the coming Messiah will die and rise on the third day.” So what were Jesus and Paul talking about?
The posts on this site categorized as “The Third Day” attempt to explain what Jesus and Paul were talking about.