I was approached by two Jehovah's Witnesses who invited me to a memorial service for Jesus to be held on Tuesday, March 26th. The flier they gave me said that this is the anniversary of Jesus' death. Most Christians view Christ's death as taking place on Good Friday. Why are Jehovah's Witnesses saying it happened on a Tuesday?
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Apparently, per Wikipedia, this date corresponds to Nisan 14, converting the date from the Hebrew Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar.
I don't believe they're saying it happened on a Tuesday. In 2012, it was a Thursday.
In harmony with Jesus command to "Keep doing this in remembrance of me", we observe the memorial of Jesus death every year on Nisan 14 after sundown. (Luke 22:19) This does not always fall on the same day of the week for us. Jesus death occurred on Nisan 14 of the Jewish calendar that was common during the first century. Since the Jewish day begins and ends at sundown, he died on the same day that he instituted the Lord's evening meal, which corresponded with the date of the Jewish Passover. Accurately calculating Nisan 14 the same way the Jews used to do it is fairly in depth. "The beginning of the month of Nisan was the sunset after the new moon nearest the spring equinox became visible in Jerusalem." Nisan 14 would be 14 days later.
You may notice this does not always coincide with the date that modern Jews observe the Passover. This is because they use the astronomical new moon to determine the start of their months instead of the visible new moon over Jerusalem which may come 18 to 30 hours later. In addition, most Jews today observe the Passover on Nisan 15, not the 14th as Jesus did in harmony with the Mosaic Law.
The information and quote here are taken from the Memorial section in the book Reasoning From the Scriptures (Published by Jehovah's Witnesses). Additional information can also be found there.
In Exodus 12, the Hebrews celebrated the Passover on the 14th day of the first month of the year, it is called Abib in Hebrew (like January in our calendar today). After coming back from the Babylonian exile, they call Abib by a Babylonian name which is Nisan. So Abib 14 or Nisan 14 every year is the day of the Passover.
Fast forward to the time of Jesus, he celebrated Passover which is Abib 14 and he died on that very same day. Remember that in the Bible, a day starts from sunset and ends on a sunset.
Abib 14 can be any day of the week every year. Like July 4th, the day varies from year to year but it is always July 4th.
Jesus did not die on a Good Friday, there is no biblical basis for such doctrine, although it would look like that if you are not really familiar with the Jewish customs and traditions.
“How Should We Remember Jesus’ Death?”, The Watchtower, March 1, 2012, his this to say:
You are invited to attend the Memorial.