Holy Week – 2023 – Day 7 – Saturday – The Sabbath

At the time of the beginning of the writing of this article, Saturday of Passion Week had entered our world’s earliest time zone. Luke 23:55 shows the women at the burial tomb of Christ on Friday afternoon, prior to sunset; they had planned on preparing the body of Christ for burial. But, per Luke 23:56, the women did not finish that process, because sunset would be the beginning of the Sabbath Day. Per Exodus 20:10, the women returned to their homes and rested on the Sabbath. The Sabbath would end at sunset on Saturday, while the day of Saturday would continue until midnight. It was during the time after sunset on Saturday that the women will purchase more spices for preparing the body of Christ for burial; they will return to the tomb early on Sunday morning to complete that preparation. In the video, notice that a woman lights the candle; it was a woman that brought the Light of the world, into the world (Luke 2:7; John 8:12).

Saturday Of Passion Week (The Sabbath began at sunset on Friday)

Luke 23:56 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

56 Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

Consider the comments from the Ryrie Study Bible.

23:54 “It was about the preparation day.” Friday, the day Jesus died, was the time of preparation for the Sabbath, which began Friday at sunset. 23:56 “according to the commandment.” i.e., not to work on the Sabbath (Ex 20:10).

Consider the comments from the NKJV Study Bible.

23:54, Jesus was buried late on Friday, on the day called, Preparation when everything was made ready for the Sabbath, the day when no labor could take place.

23:56, “prepared spices and fragrant oils:” On Friday the women prepared for the anointing of Jesus’ body on the day after the Sabbath, since they could not make preparations on the Sabbath. The spices were used to delay decay and lessen the odor of the body. Mark 16:1  notes that spices were also purchased after the Sabbath. Apparently the women did not anticipate a resurrection

Passion Week/Holy Week

Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday. Saturday of Passion Week is the last Saturday prior to Resurrection Sunday; it is the seventh day of Passion Week, after Palm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Holy Week.

Holy Saturday is the name given to the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Some Christians recognize Holy Saturday, the seventh day of Holy Week, as the day on which Jesus “rested” from His work of providing salvation. As Jesus died, He called out, “It is finished!” There was no further price to pay; sin had been atoned for. (Per, https://www.gotquestions.org/Holy-Saturday.html)

Notes (1, 2, 3).

1. Our salvation comes from the finished work of Christ on the cross.

2. Resurrection Sunday” is the correct term for the day that Christ resurrected from death. Easter relates to a pagan festival. See “Easter” in Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Also see “Don’t Say Easter” in my post, 115, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/115-the-jewish-prophet-jonah-a-glimpse-of-passover/

3. Each day’s activities of Passion Week is identified, by day of the week, in the Ryrie Study Bible (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Deceased. See bio below). Dr. Ryrie chose the Gospel Of Luke to show, day by day, the things that happened during Holy Week.

John 12:1-11, Saturday, Christ in Bethany.
John 12:12-13, Christ Enters Into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday
Luke 19:28-44, Palm Sunday, The triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem
Luke 19:45-48, Monday, Christ curses the fig tree and cleanses the temple
Luke 20:1-21:38, Tuesday, Christ’s debates with the religious leaders. The Olivet Discourse
Luke 22:1-6, Wednesday, The entry into Judas Iscariot by Satan
Luke 22:7-53, Thursday, The Passover meal and betrayal of Christ by Judas
Luke 22:54-23:55, Friday, The crucifixion of Christ
Luke 23:56, Saturday, Sabbath Rest
Luke 24:1-53, Resurrection Sunday

Scriptures in this study are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and gathered from Bible Gateway. The Bible Gateway link is https://www.biblegateway.com/ Bible Gateway has basic and expanded (Bible Gateway Plus) study notes. Whenever scripture passages are lengthy, in this study, a link will be provided to show those verses.

Consider the following verse, which is the only verse of scripture that relates to the Sabbath Day of Passion Week.


Luke 23:56 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

56 Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

The purpose of this Passion Week study is not to conduct a verse-by-verse study of the scriptures. To the contrary, the focus of this study will be on the major events of each day in the week that led up to the crucifixion of Christ, ”on Friday.” The Friday of the death of Christ on the cross has come to be known by many as “Good Friday.”

About Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Th.D., Ph.D., Deceased (Editor, Ryrie Study Bible)

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