Respect for the law, but not for the lawmaker
“If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God” (Deuteronomy 21:22-23).
Jesus had not committed anything worthy of death, but He did die for our sins, and the Jews persuaded the Romans to nail Him to the wooden cross. Knowing this passage from Deuteronomy, and with the Sabbath coming the next day, they asked Pilate to do something,
“Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away” (John 19:31).
That would allow the three men crucified to die quickly, and then the Jews could remove the bodies and bury them before the arrival of the Sabbath, but in so doing, they unintentionally insured that,
“as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40).
Jesus fulfilled all prophecy, shadows, and types concerning the Christ. Therefore, He is the Messiah, He is the Son of God.