There was an
intervening day between two "Sabbaths."
ceremonial Sabbath (the first day of the Passover, a Special Sabbath, being
that year on Thursday), and the weekly Sabbath (always on Saturday).
When Jesus was laid
in the tomb late Wednesday afternoon Mary Magdalene and the other women were
there (Matt. 27:61; Mark ;
They then rested on
the Passover Sabbath, Thursday.
And "when the
(Passover) Sabbath (on Thursday) was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother
of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him."
returned and prepared spices and perfumes," (Luke 23:56a) which they had
just purchased. The guards of the Tomb were still there. "And on the
(Saturday) Sabbath they rested according to the commandment." (Luke
Jesus arose just
before sunset Saturday (he, the teacher of the truth that the Man is the owner
and Lord of the Sabbath).
The women actually
came to anoint the body of Jesus on early Sunday morning, since they did not
know that He had already arisen (they did not knew that Nicodemus and his
servants had already anointed and covered the body).
The owner of the
Tomb himself did not anoint the body, because he understood and believed in the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ after three days and three nights.