A man called Joseph of Arimathea risked his own reputation to ensure that Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross, shrouded and placed in a tomb. Because it was Friday the Jewish law said that it would have to wait until after the Sabbath before it could be properly prepared for burial.
That would be tomorrow. I’m sure that Jesus’ friends and family could hardly bear to think about tomorrow. Their thoughts were taken up with what had happened today and yesterday. But tomorrow is the most important day in our lives. Tomorrow is a day of promise and hope. Tomorrow, the followers of Jesus were going to see a miracle….
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed.
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.
Late in the afternoon a wealthy man from Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, arrived. His name was Joseph. He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate granted his request. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linens, put it in his own tomb, a new tomb only recently cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the entrance. Then he went off.
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathe′a, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed.
Joseph had sympathy for Jesus, desire to enable a proper burial and spared the family from having to wait for Passover to be over. Grateful to Joseph, the family had little idea that very soon the very dead Jesus would be very much alive! Darkest just before dawn, remember that your life in God’s hands can look forward to a bright eternity.
We often talk about the importance of giving someone a proper burial. Why do you think that is?
Why do you think that Joseph of Arimathea felt it was important that Jesus’ body should have a proper burial?
When you think about tomorrow, how do you feel? Hopeful? Or pessimistic?
What reasons do we have to be hopeful?
How can we help each other to stay hopeful when times are dark?