The day Jesus was crucified was a most horrible day.
They mocked him, beat him, nailed him to a cross and back then it was done in such a way that the one hanging would suffer intensely. It was a horrific way to die.
[44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,
45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
When he had said this, he breathed his last.]
It was over… It was thought to be final. It was a sad, dark day for those who walked and watched.
If you ever have watched the movies they make it so miserable and so horrible. I am sure it was.
[50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, (Luke 23)
51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God.
52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body.
53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.
54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it.
56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.]
Now remember at Christmas when the wise men gave Mary spices and perfumes? they were a predictor of his death for that was a very strange thing to give a new mom. Burial spices for a newborn?
Yeah it was all to fulfill scripture. It all had to be done in the right way and right sequence.
Let’s keep reading as we move through the rest of the story.