Special Sabbath Begins

John makes the point that there was a special sabbath, not a normal Sabbath, that caused the quick removal of the bodies from the cross. This special Sabbath is the day that began at 6:00 PM on Thursday, instead of Friday as would be expected for a regular Sabbath.

John (P)

31Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. John 19:31 NIV

31The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. John 19:31 KJV