A Temporary Tomb

What was it like for Joseph to handle the dead body of Jesus?  Luke says that he had been waiting for the Kingdom of God (verse 51, NIV).  He had disagreed with their decision to put Jesus to death.  What was the basis for his dissension?  Was he a believer?  I think that he was.  He placed Jesus in his own tomb so that this homeless carpenter would have a place of rest.  Perhaps this was an act of worship.  Maybe it was just a kind act.
Little did Joseph know that Jesus’ use of his tomb was only going to be temporary!  The grief that they all felt was only going to be temporary.  The women were preparing spices for Jesus’ body, but they were spices that would never be used.  Jesus had promised that the Father would raise Him to life on the third day and that is exactly what would happen.  At this point, though, everyone had forgotten this promise.  They did not realize what was about to happen.  They just knew that Jesus was dead and buried on Friday.  They didn’t understand that Sunday was coming.
Luke 23:50-56 (NIV)

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to pause today to reflect on the atoning death of Your Son, Jesus.  Help me to remember the cross and the tomb for without the cross there could be no empty tomb.  Thank You for Jesus, my Savior and Lord.  Amen.


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