The complete sadness of the followers of Jesus was obvious. The crowd finally cleared as people started the sabbath. Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus in his tomb. The ladies, Mary, Martha, Mary Magdalene wrapped and prepared the body of Jesus. Deflated, depressed and despondent, the crowd cleared and the Lord lay in a lovely tomb. Still, the religious elite were not happy. They, who had been extremely deceptive, just knew the disciples would try to trick them and steal the body–so, they asked for and were given a group of Roman soldiers to guard the tomb. In addition a seal was places on the stone to make sure no one sneaked in.
As is often the case, the world cannot deal effectively with spiritual things. Jesus promised to rise from the dead. His apostles were home and without hope–the ones that should have been full of anticipation. The religious elite were on the edge of their seats–the ones that “won” and put Jesus to death. It simply seems backward. We have to face each day, each trial, each new situation trusting that God will do what He said He would do. He has done so since the very beginning. We are simply travelers passing through–we have to trust someone, and it only makes since to trust our Lord, the one that created, loved and died for us. We have to make a personal and daily choice to forget what is behind, and press forward to take what is ahead. Trust God, follow Him and not doubt that His plan remains the best.
God Bless You
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
The Guard at the Tomb
62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.