Has anyone ever considered Numbers 19:11-12 when discussing why Jesus resurrected on the third day and not another day? I was reading my daily bible reading and this struck me during the reading.
He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days. He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean.
Jesus said that he came to fulfill the law. He always instructed those that he healed of leprosy to present themselves to the priests as called for in the law. I suggest that if Jesus died then re-entered his body then he touched a dead body and would have had to have purified himself on the third day to fulfill the law. He did instruct Mary not to touch him because he had not ascended to the Father. Was this his way of purifying himself on the third day and not allowing Mary to be unclean if she touched him?