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by Wayne Blank
"evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath"
Unlike the present Roman-imposed calendar system (see Pope Gregory's Calendar and Sun Day, Moon Day, Tiw's Day) which starts the day at midnight, throughout all of the Bible, right from the time of Creation, according to God's Word, the "day" began at evening:
"And there was evening and there was morning, one day" (Genesis 1:5 RSV)
After Jesus Christ died in late afternoon, i.e. during eventide (Matthew 27:46-50 says He died about the 9th hour of daylight, according to the ancient manner of time reckoning, which is about 3 pm on a modern-day clock) of the Preparation Day for the annual Sabbath (the Sabbath mentioned in the verses below refers to the annual Sabbath, Unleavened Bread, not the regular weekly Sabbath), Nicodemus and Joseph Of Arimathea hurried to get Him buried by sunset (it was spring, the time of equal-length daylight and darkness, so sunset would have been the equivalent of about 6 pm on a modern-day clock that day - less than 3 hours after He died) when the new "day" began:
"it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the Sabbath ... Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also ... came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds' weight."