John 19:12 From that moment Pilate kept trying to release him. But the Jews shouted, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Anyone who makes himself a king speaks against Caesar!”
John 19:13 When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside. He sat down on the judge’s seat in a place called the Stone Pavement (but in Aramaic, Gabbatha).
John 19:14 It was a preparation day during the Passover, the hour was about noon. Then he told the Jews, “Here is your king!”
a preparation day
The preparation day that the Gospel authors speak of was apparently not the preparation for the Passover itself. Jesus and his disciples had already eaten the Passover meal the night before. It appears that “preparation day” (παρασκευή) had become a regular term for Friday, the day of preparation for a regular Sabbath.1 This particular Friday fell within an entire week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the whole week was sometimes called Passover.
During this week of celebrations, the Jews made a series of special offerings meant to encourage sincerity and honesty. This is the time in which our Lord offered himself as a sinless sacrifice to purchase deliverance for us.
Notice what Paul told the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 5:7 Thoroughly cleanse out the old yeast, so that you may be a new product, because you are unleavened. Since Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed,
1 Corinthians 5:8 so that we can celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of evil and wickedness, but with the unleavened product of purity and truth.
Paul contrasted the evil and wickedness that resulted in Jesus arrest and death with the kind of people Christians should be. We also should keep the feast by cleansing ourselves of the old yeast.
Lord, give us the courage to live cleanly in light of your sacrifice for us.