READING John 19:38-42
It seemed like all hope was lost. Many people had put their faith in Jesus and believed that He was going to do something great – something to free the Jews from political oppression. And now, He was dead. His closest allies and disciples locked themselves away in hiding, afraid of what might happen to them for being associated with Him. In the midst of this chaos, we find Joseph of Arimathea and our old friend, Nicodemus. Knowing Jewish burial customs, they literally risked life and limb to find a place to bury Jesus that would honor His faith in God and put what they thought was the appropriate end to His story. Little did they know that their faithfulness and commitment to the right order of things was going to become the stage for the greatest comeback story the world had ever known.
So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.