Laid To Rest

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Here is a continuation of the events that led up to Christ’s resurrection, the reason for which we celebrate Easter as told in the book of Mark.

Mark 15:42-47

42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.

 

So after Jesus had died his disciple Joseph – who until now had not made it publicly known that he was a disciple because he was afraid of the Jewish leaders which makes sense given what they did to followers of Christ-went to Pilate to ask for Jesus’ body which surprised Pilate as most crucifixions lasted days. Days. What a sick way to go.

Anyhow they gave Joseph Jesus’ body, and he was laid to rest in a tomb and actually given a guard because they were afraid that someone would steal his body to claim his resurrection as this was foreshadowed by Christ.

And the women of his life were there to say their goodbyes and mourn. These women were there at the crucifixion as well and there is no mention of them every denying or shying away from their relationship to this man. That took a lot of guts.

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