Sunday, October 24, 2021
50-54 There was a man by Joseph, a member of the Jewish High Council, a man of good heart and good character. He had not gone along with the plans and actions of the Council. His hometown was the Jewish village of Arimathea. He lived in alert expectation of the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Taking him down, he wrapped him in a linen shroud and placed him in a tomb chiseled into the rock, a tomb never yet used. It was the day before Sabbath, the Sabbath just about to begin.
55-56 The women who had been companions of Jesus from Galilee followed along. First, they saw the tomb where Jesus’ body was placed. Then they went back to prepare burial spices and perfumes. Finally, they rested quietly on the Sabbath, as commanded.
-Luke 23:50-56 The Message
Jesus Is Buried
Verse 50: And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man
Verse 51: (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God— Verse 52: this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Verses 50-52 studies: Joseph of Arimathea was an honored member of the Jewish Council and wealthy. He was a secret follower of Jesus (John 19:38). The disciples that followed Jesus publicly fled. Joseph did a bold thing to ask for Jesus’ body to give him a proper burial. This action could cost him.
Verse 53: And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain.
Verse 53 study: The tomb is a man-made cave cut out of one of the limestone hills in the area around Jerusalem. These tombs are large enough to walk into. After the burial, a large tomb would have been rolled across the entrance (John 20:1).
Verse 54: It was a preparation day, and a Sabbath was about to begin. Verse 55: Now, the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how His body was laid.
Verse 56: And then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath, they rested according to the commandment.
Verse 55 study: The Galilean women followed Joseph to the tomb. They did that so they knew where Jesus’ body would be at for when they returned back with their spices and perfumes. They women couldn’t do great things for Jesus. They couldn’t stand and testify or speak to the Jewish Council or the Roman governor on Jesus’ behalf. But they still did what they could. They stayed at the cross when the disciples fled; they anointed the Lord’s body. Their devotion is the reason why they learned about the resurrection. We may always believe as followers that we can’t do much for Jesus. But take advantage when you can, and not worry about what you can’t do.
Father, sometimes people feel helpless when they can’t defend you or speak about you in public places. It may be a situation where someone tried, and the words didn’t come outright. Some may just try to show more seriousness in you and not the loving side of you. Whatever the case, I pray we can take advantage of what we can do and not what we didn’t do. In Jesus’ name. Amen!