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.
Verse 44 might at first glance seem like just another sentence in the Bible forming part of the overall narrative of Jesus’ burial. However, due to this sentence, it disproves and eliminates any objection of any kind concerning Jesus’ resurrection and the fact that he never died. Pilate’s request for a medical confirmation of Jesus’ death (and not just taking Joseph of Arimathea’s word) confirms the truth that Jesus was dead.
Jesus’ resurrection is fundamental to the Gospel. Without His resurrection, it would’ve been just another death on Golgotha. But because Jesus died and rose again, death has no hold over Christians who profess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Similarly, we too will resurrect after we passed away. We are not immune to physical death, but because of Jesus, we are exempt from eternal spiritual death (Con).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Bring to mind some of the qualities of God that you know to be true, then spend time giving thanks to God for who He is.