Unlimited: The Burial of Jesus
Jun 29, 2021 869
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 (Mark 15:46, NIV).
Now that Pilate gave Joseph of Arimathea permission to have the body, Joseph returned to the place of execution to take charge.
He had to move quickly, because the sun was low, and once it set, the Sabbath began, during which no work could be done.
No-one would have expected Joseph to do what he did!
As a high-ranking member of the Jewish ruling council, the Sanhedrin, Joseph knew that by touching a dead body he would become ritually unclean. This would have been the last thing someone in his position would have done, and especially at Passover!
But Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus’ body down from the cross, and was stained with his blood. Can you imagine the scene?
Joseph of Arimathea was a very wealthy man, and he had prepared his own tomb in a nice place outside the city walls. This was very expensive real estate, in a garden setting. It was where Joseph himself had expected to be laid upon his death.
But he gave that privilege to Jesus, for him to lay there in his place.
Christ lay in your tomb and now, because of it, the tomb need never be your destiny.
As Paul says, “We have been buried with Christ” and because of that we may live today in newness of life.
And this “newness of life” that Christ offers you is an eternal life, because all those who have been buried with Jesus will be raised to new life today in this life, and for the age to come in the resurrection.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Spend some quiet moments reflecting on how that should change your outlook on your life, especially as you approach the challenges that today will bring.