In Luke 23:54 it is written that Joseph took Jesus’ body off the cross and wrapped it in linen and placed his body in the tomb on “Preparation Day and the Sabbath was about to begin.”
I didn’t know what Preparation Day was, so I looked it up and of course it is significant!
This day is observed each week before the Sabbath and it was also a day celebrated before the celebration of Passover.
The day occurring during the Passover Celebration week is the day that the Jews were to remove leaven from bread, for if they did not they would be cut off from Israel. The significance is that Jesus died on Preparation Day, the day the Jews performed this ritual to commemorate inclusion and acceptance into God’s family. It was a marker and a reminder.
The Passover Celebration was the day Israel celebrated being freed from captivity. The day God freed his people from their oppressor to go and “worship me” (Exodus 9:1)
It was also the day before the Sabbath, the day of rest when people did no work. In Hebrews 4:3 we read that those who have received the gospel are saved by grace: “now those who have believed enter that rest”. Here the writer of Hebrews informs us we can rest from works, we are free to rest in God’s saving grace.
So Jesus died on this Preparation Day. A symbolic day pointing us to see that if we receive the gospel, we can rest from works and enter into his grace and receive the result of his work which is that we are included in his family. Hallelujah!