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Jesus Buried in a rich man's tomb

Buried an a rich man's tomb (Joseph of Arimathea)

Prophecy

"And he made his grave with the

wicked

, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no

violence

, neither was any deceit in his mouth." Isaiah 53:9
Fulfillment
"When the even was come, there came a rich man of

Arimathaea

, named

Joseph

, who also himself was

Jesus

'

disciple

: He went to

Pilate

, and begged the

Body of Jesus

. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a

clean linen cloth

, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the

sepulchre

, and departed." Matthew 27:57-60
Joseph went boldly to Pilate, and begged from him the body of Jesus. For the first time, Pilate learned that Jesus was really dead. Conflicting reports had reached him in regard to the events attending the crucifixion, but the knowledge of Christ's death had been purposely kept from him. Pilate had been warned by the

priests

and

rulers

against

deception

by Christ's disciples in regard to His body. Upon hearing Joseph's request, he therefore sent for the centurion who had charge at the cross, and learned for a certainty of the death of Jesus. He also drew from him an account of the scenes of

Calvary

, confirming the testimony of Joseph.

The request of Joseph was granted. While John was troubled about the burial of his Master, Joseph returned with Pilate's order for the body of Christ; and

Nicodemus

came bringing a costly mixture of

myrrh

and aloes, of about a hundred pounds' weight, for His embalming. The most honored in all

Jerusalem

could not have been shown more respect in death. The disciples were astonished to see these wealthy rulers as much interested as they themselves in the burial of their Lord.

Neither Joseph nor Nicodemus had openly accepted the

Saviour

while He was living. They knew that such a step would exclude them from the

Sanhedrin

, and they hoped to protect Him by their influence in its councils. For a time they had seemed to succeed; but the wily priests, seeing their favor to Christ, had thwarted their plans. In their absence Jesus had been condemned and delivered to be

crucified

. Now that He was dead, they no longer concealed their attachment to Him. While the disciples feared to show themselves openly as His followers, Joseph and Nicodemus came boldly to their aid. The help of these rich and honored men was greatly needed at this time. They could do for their dead

Master

what it was impossible for the poor disciples to do; and their wealth and influence protected them, in a great measure, from the malice of the priests and rulers.

Gently and reverently they removed with their own hands the body of Jesus from the cross. Their tears of sympathy fell fast as they looked upon His bruised and lacerated form. Joseph owned a new tomb, hewn in a rock. This he was reserving for himself; but it was near Calvary, and he now prepared it for Jesus. The body, together with the spices brought by Nicodemus, was carefully wrapped in a linen sheet, and the

Redeemer

was borne to the tomb. There the three disciples straightened the mangled limbs, and folded the bruised hands upon the pulseless breast. The Galilean women came to see that all had been done that could be done for the lifeless form of their beloved Teacher. Then they saw the heavy stone rolled against the entrance of the tomb, and the Saviour was left at rest. The women were last at the cross, and last at the tomb of Christ. While the evening shades were gathering,

Mary Magdalene

and the other Marys lingered about the resting place of their Lord, shedding tears of sorrow over the fate of Him whom they loved. "And they returned, . . . and rested the

Sabbath day

according to the

commandment

." Luke 23:56.

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