This is a day, and only one day, when the people who followed after Jesus were alone. They had to remember all the teachings of their crucified Lord and ponder them in their great grief. All four of the Gospels cover the crucifixion of Jesus, death and burial of Jesus.
Matthew 27:62-66; Mark 15:42- 47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42
All four of the Gospels cover the crucifixion of Jesus, death and burial of Jesus. Tomorrow we will also see the glorious day of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is tomorrow let’s see what happen on Holy Saturday.
Matthew 27:62-66 tells us that the chief priests and Pharisees went to Pilate, the governor. They reminded him that Jesus; who they called the deceiver, would rise up again after three days. (Matthew 27:63).
They demanded of Pilate that the sepulcher, which is the burial grave, be secure until the third day. They were afraid that the disciples might come by night, and steal the body of Jesus. Then they might say to the people that He had risen from the dead. They said that this would be an error which could lead to deceit.
Pilate told them to have a watch set and make the sepulcher as secure as they could. Pilate did us all a favor because they had proven that the disciples did not steal the body of Jesus because they set the guards to make sure it did not happen.
The chief priests and Pharisees went to the sepulcher. They made it secure and then they sealed the sepulcher with a stone. Then to make sure they set a watch or a guard over it.
Mark 15:42- 47 and Luke23:50-56 both focuses on us Joseph of Arimathaea, an honorable counselor, meaning he was influential, wealthy, and respectable. Joseph was a member of the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin was the highest court of the ancient Jews during the Second Temple Period. They ruled on administrative, judicial, and religious issues concerning the Israelites. It was some of the Sanhedrin that sent Jesus to Pilate in the first place.
Joseph of Arimathaea was not one of the chief priests or Pharisees who demanded Jesus be crucified. He was also waiting for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and begged for the body of Jesus. Pilate marveled because Jesus was already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, and asked him whether Jesus had been dead for a while.
Once the centurion told Pilate what he wanted to know Pilate gave permission for Joseph to have the body of Jesus. Joseph had to prepare the body for burial. He also had to take the body off the cross.
Joseph bought fine linen, and took Jesus down, and wrapped Jesus in the linen, and laid him in a sepulcher which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulcher. It is important to note that the sepulcher has hewed in the stone and no other person every laid in this sepulcher.
The Gospel of John gives us more of an insight of Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. (John 19:38).
Luke tells us the women who came with Jesus from Galilee and followed Him came to the sepulcher where Jesus laid and prepared spices and ointments. Matthew 27:56 names them as Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.
The Gospel of John tell us Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then they took the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. John also tells us the place where Jesus was buried; “Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man yet laid.” (John 19:39-40).
What Can This Story Teach Us?
This is a day, and only one day, when the people who followed after Jesus were alone. They had to remember all the teachings of their crucified Lord and ponder them in their great grief.
Jesus took all our sins on himself and then died for us. Do you know anyone else who would do such a thing? When He was on the cross “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” (Luke 23:34). What a wonderful Savior.
Can you imagine what it would be like to lose a very special friend, who you trusted and loved? Added to this other people whispered about you and pointed to you because you were his friend? That is what happened to the disciples.
Jesus was their friend, teacher, and now their Savior. My hope this Holy Week is that you see Jesus in a different light. I pray that you feel closes to Him and know that Jesus loves you so very much. I hope you have a better understanding the sacrifice that Jesus made for you and love Him that much more.
We are blessed that we know the end of this story. Jesus does not stay buried in the grave but is Resurrected and now is sitting at the right hand of the LORD God.
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