John 19:42 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 19:42, NIV: Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

John 19:42, ESV: So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

John 19:42, KJV: There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

John 19:42, NASB: Therefore because of the Jewish day of preparation, since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

John 19:42, NLT: 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.

John 19:42, CSB: They placed Jesus there because of the Jewish day of preparation and since the tomb was nearby.

What does John 19:42 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus' burial is hasty (John 19:31; Luke 23:54). Fortunately, Joseph, one of the Jewish religious leaders (Luke 23:50–51), is a secret follower of Christ (John 19:38) and has gotten permission to bury Jesus. He is helped by another council member, Nicodemus (John 3:3; 7:51). Also fortunate is that Joseph has already had his own crypt prepared (Matthew 27:60), which is relatively close to the site of the crucifixion (John 19:41).

Isaiah predicted that the Messiah would be buried with the rich (Isaiah 53:9). This is ironic, in that Jesus was notably poor during His active ministry (Matthew 8:20).

The extravagant, secure location of the tomb will also factor into the miracle of Jesus' resurrection. The heavy stone door will be sealed and guarded (Matthew 27:62–68). This will be done, at the request of Jesus' enemies, to make it impossible for grave-robbing disciples to claim He was resurrected (John 2:18–22). Ironically, the fact that the tomb was so well protected against robbery becomes further proof of Jesus' miraculous rise from the dead (John 20:1–9).