42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
42 So, because it was Sabbath preparation for the Jews and the tomb was convenient, they placed Jesus in it.
42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews' Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.
42 And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on John 19:42
Commentary on John 19:38-42
(Read John 19:38-42)
Joseph of Arimathea was a disciple of Christ in secret. Disciples should openly own themselves; yet some, who in lesser trials have been fearful, in greater have been courageous. When God has work to do, he can find out such as are proper to do it. The embalming was done by Nicodemus, a secret friend to Christ, though not his constant follower. That grace which at first is like a bruised reed, may afterward resemble a strong cedar. Hereby these two rich men showed the value they had for Christ's person and doctrine, and that it was not lessened by the reproach of the cross. We must do our duty as the present day and opportunity are, and leave it to God to fulfil his promises in his own way and his own time. The grave of Jesus was appointed with the wicked, as was the case of those who suffered as criminals; but he was with the rich in his death, as prophesied, Isaiah 53:9; these two circumstances it was very unlikely should ever be united in the same person. He was buried in a new sepulchre; therefore it could not be said that it was not he, but some other that rose. We also are here taught not to be particular as to the place of our burial. He was buried in the sepulchre next at hand. Here is the Sun of Righteousness set for a while, to rise again in greater glory, and then to set no more.