26 JESUS’ BURIAL-Jesus’ end had not been simply a natural death. It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). Before sunset, Joseph, a prominent member of the Council, and a wealthy man with Nicodemus, both of whom were Jewish Teachers and officials, were previously secret disciples of Jesus, but now became courageous enough to ask Pilate, the Roman Overseer for permission to take His body for burial.
These two Jewish Teachers had not agreed with the other Leaders regarding the bribe for betrayal, nor the arrest and the mock trial of Jesus because the event was a ritual murder carried out by the authorities of Rome, engineered by their own Jewish Religious leaders of that day.
Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. Proof of death was given by experienced Roman soldiers, skilled in the art of crucifixion before the body was allowed to be taken down, and it was necessary to be moved because of the ‘solemn’ Religious Festivities occurring at that time and especially the onset of the Sabbath. When Pilate learned from the Centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph.
This deed of an honourable burial for Jesus as prophesied, was an act of love by the wealthy Joseph of Arimathea, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God and the Pharisee Nicodemus.
Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds and taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in between the folds of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs and not to allow a body to decay or be desecrated above the ground. Not to be buried, was highly dishonourable and scandalous.
The two men placed Jesus' body in a clean linen cloth prepared for burial, into Joseph's own new rock-hewn tomb that he had cut out of the rock in a nearby garden which fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 53:9.Then a big stone was rolled in front of the entrance to the tomb and they went away before darkness came.
The tomb of
Jesus was located in a garden near the place where He was crucified outside
the city walls of Jerusalem. Joseph had apparently prepared it for his own
family's use. It was not uncommon for the well-to-do to prepare such a tomb
in advance because of the difficulty of digging graves in the rocky ground
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Mary Magdalene, and Mary, mother of James, were watching nearby, sitting there opposite the tomb. It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes for anointing Jesus‘ body. But they rested on the Sabbath, being the next day, in obedience to the commandment. the.
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