At that moment [of Christ’s death] the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split…
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, «Surely he was the Son of God!»
Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away…
«Take a guard,» Pilate [ordered]. «Go, make the tomb as se-cure as you know how.» So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. Matthew 27:51, 54-60, 65, 66
The Sabbath had come. In keeping with the law He created long before that terrible day, Jesus rested.
Can you imagine the grief of His devoted followers? They had thought He was a king, that he was the Son of God. Now He was dead and buried along with their dreams. But a new week was about to begin. The sun would soon rise.