Friday, April 29, 2022
57-61 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. But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary stayed, sitting in plain view of the tomb.
-Matthew 27:57-61 The Message
Jesus Is Buried
Verse 57: When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.
Verse 58: He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.
Verses 57-58 studies: Joseph of Arimathea was a secret disciple of Jesus. He was a religious leader and an honored member of the Council. Joseph was afraid to speak against religious leaders who oppressed Jesus, but now he is courageous and bold for asking to take Jesus’ body from the cross and bury it. All the disciples that followed Jesus fled, but the Jewish leader Joseph followed Jesus secretly to do what was right.
43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. -Mark 15:43 ESV
Verse 59: And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud
Verse 60: 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.
Verse 60 study: The tomb they laid Jesus was probably a man-made cave cut out of one of the many limestone hills in the area. These were caves that were large enough to walk in.
Verse 61: Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.