The number three is a very significant number in the Bible, both in the old and new testaments. We know it is a special number because of the Holy Trinity. If you began in Genesis and hi-lighted every occurrence of three or third your Bible would look like a neon copy of the main street of Las Vegas. In the New Testament the references dealing with Jesus are very educational. I’m going to mention just a few below. After you look them up and read them in context you might try finding them in the book of Acts as well.
Mary stayed with Elizabeth three months.
Wise men brought three gifts.
They found the lost boy after three days.
Where two or three are gathered…
On the third day there was a wedding in Canna
Jonah was in the fish 3 days and nights
woman took 3 pecks of flour
the crowd has been with me for 3 days
You will deny me 3 times
Which of the three proved to be a neighbor?
neighbor, lend me 3 loaves of bread
3 years I’ve looked for fruit
rebuild the temple in 3 days
when they had rowed 3 or 4 miles
he prayed a third time
Pilate: He said to them the third time…
it was the third hour when they crucified him
Appeared to disciples 3 times after resurrection.
Said to Peter 3 times, do you love me?
Three might very well be the favorite number of Jesus. Just for fun and education, use your concordance and look up threes and thirds in the Bible. Very interesting study. Yesterday was the third day. The three days in the earth were over, the rebuilding of the temple was accomplished. Today starts a new year with a risen savior.