42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
Historian Craig Keener writes that the Sabbath began at sundown and that Jesus died a few hours before this. This would have given Joseph just enough time to buy the linen in which Jesus’ body would be wrapped and buried. Joseph, who was from Arimathea, was a member of the ruling Jewish Council and part of the aristocracy. Crucifixion took several days to kill a person unless hurried along. (John 19:31-32). “After a body had been prepared for burial it would be left to decompose for one year; then the eldest son or other closest family member would return, gather the bones for burial in a box and deposit them in a slot in the tomb wall. Of course with Jesus, he was gone by then. “He is not here; He is risen”! (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
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