Series Title: Jesus From Seven Sources
Joseph of Arimathaea Buries Jesus
Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42
And after this, when the even was now come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, behold, there came a rich man named Joseph, an honourable counsellor; [and he was] a good man, and a just (the same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews who also himself waited for the kingdom of God, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews.
He went in boldly unto Pilate, and asked that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead and calling [unto him] the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew [it] of the centurion, Pilate then gave [him] leave, [and] commanded the body to be given to Joseph.
And Joseph therefore bought fine linen, [and] came and took down the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound [weight]. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wrapped it in the clean linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden [Joseph’s] own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock, wherein was never man yet laid. In there they laid Jesus therefore because that day was the Jews’ preparation [day], and the sabbath drew on; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. And [Joseph] rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after; [among whom] was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, [the mother] of Joses. And sitting over against the sepulchre, they beheld where and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
The Tomb is Guarded
Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch go your way, make [it] as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.