54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.
54 It was the day before Sabbath, the Sabbath just about to begin.
54 That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.
54 This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Luke 23:54
Commentary on Luke 23:50-56
(Read Luke 23:50-56)
Many, though they do not make any show in outward profession, yet, like Joseph of Arimathea, will be far more ready to do real service, when there is occasion, than others who make a greater noise. Christ was buried in haste, because the sabbath drew on. Weeping must not hinder sowing. Though they were in tears for the death of their Lord, yet they must prepare to keep holy the sabbath. When the sabbath draws on, there must be preparation. Our worldly affairs must be so ordered, that they may not hinder us from our sabbath work; and our holy affections so stirred up, that they may carry us on in it. In whatever business we engage, or however our hearts may be affected, let us never fail to get ready for, and to keep holy, the day of sacred rest, which is the Lord's day.