According to the Gospels, Jesus died on Passover (or the day before Passover if you are reading the Gospel of John). After his resurrection, Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost, a Jewish holiday that occurs fifty days after Passover. Therefore, if we accept that Jesus remained with his disciples for forty days after his resurrection, let’s do the math and create a timeline:
Day 1: Passover: The Crucifixion. Jesus dies, accompanied by a three hour solar eclipse, an earthquake, and the tearing down the middle of the Temple veil.
Day 3: The Resurrection. Jesus is resurrected, accompanied by an earthquake, angel sightings, and dead people roaming the streets of Jerusalem.
Day 43: The Ascension. Jesus levitates into the sky in front of at least a dozen people from the top of a mountain in Galilee (or Bethany, Judea).
…and in just seven days after the miraculous Ascension, all of Jerusalem celebrates Pentecost…
Day 50: Pentecost. The Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples allowing Galilean peasants and fisherman to speak in foreign languages, stunning crowds of thousands of devout Jews, from all over the world, gathered in Jerusalem for the holiday of Pentecost. And after Peter’s sermon, three thousand of these devout Jews, Jews who have been waiting and praying for the coming of the Messiah for a couple thousand years, come to believe that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, are baptized, convert to the new Faith, and many of them sell everything they have and live in the equivalent of a Christian commune…
…and yet not ONE of these devout Jews, from almost every nation of the known world, including Rome, bother to remember the date of these super-miraculous events; they don’t even bother to remember or record the year of the Jewish Messiah’s death, resurrection, ascension, and the coming of the Holy Spirit!
We have records of the dates of death of many, many other Jews, some from hundreds of years before Jesus, but NO ONE bothered to write down the date or even the year of death of the promised Jewish Messiah, the Savior of the World!
Incredible, folks! Absolutely incredible!
Acts chapter 2
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
…Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.