Scripture: Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Matthew 27:62-66

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Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb

Matthew 27:57-61 (KJV) 57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: 58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.  59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 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.  61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

Mark 15:42-47 (KJV) 42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.  44 And Pilate marvelled if He were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether He had been any while dead.  45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.  46 And he bought fine linen, and took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen, and laid Him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.  47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where He was laid.

Luke 23:50-56 (KJV) 50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: 51 (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.  52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.  53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.  54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.  55 And the women also, which came with Him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how His body was laid.  56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

John 19:38-42 (KJV) 38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.  39 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. 40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.  41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.  42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

Questions:

1. Who was the rich man who begged Pilate for Jesus’s body (Matthew 27:57-58; Mark 15:43; Luke 23:51-52; John 19:38)?

2. What did Joseph do with Jesus’ body (Matthew 27:59-60; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53; John 19:40)?

3. Who is mentioned in John 19:39 and what does he do (John 19:39-40)?

4. Who noticed where Jesus was being buried and what did they do (Matthew 27:61; Mark 15:47; Luke 23:55)?

5. And what did these women do (Luke 23:56)?

Answers:

1. Joseph from Arimathaea begged Pilate for Jesus’ body.

2. Joseph took Jesus’ body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid Jesus’ body in his own new tomb and rolled a great stone in front of the entrance to the tomb.

3. Nicodemus helped Joseph with the preparation and burial of Jesus’ body.

4. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (the mother of Joses) beheld where He was laid.

5. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary prepared spices and ointments.

Guards Are Posted At The Tomb

Matthew 27:62-66 (KJV) 62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, “After three days I will rise again.”  64 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. 65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. 66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Questions:

1. What words of Jesus did the chief priests and the Pharisees recall to Pilate (Matthew 27:63)?

2. Why did the chief priests and the Pharisees want to secure the sepulchre (Matthew 27:64)?

3. What was Pilate’s answer to their request to secure the sepulchre (Matthew 27:65)?

Answers:

1. The chief priests and the Pharisees recalled to Pilate that Jesus had said, “After three days I will rise again.”

2. The chief priests and the Pharisees believed Jesus’ disciples might come by night and steal Jesus’ body and say to the people Jesus had risen from the dead.

3. Pilate told the chief priests and the Pharisees to take guards and secure the sepulchre (tomb).

HEAR the WORD

John 19:38-40 38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.  39 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.  40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  Joseph and Nicodemus changed the direction of their lives for the better when they saw Jesus die on the cross.  Both were members of the Jewish council and were secret followers of Jesus (see John 19:38 and John 7:50-52).  But they came out of hiding and requested Jesus’ body. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 27:63 (KJV) 62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, “After three days I will rise again.” 

This is the proof for the above verse: Matthew 16:21 (NIV) From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Do you realize who Jesus is?  Has He changed your life for the better?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Do you have the courage to stand up for Jesus?

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not be discouraged when the world around us is moving farther and farther from You.  I pray we will trust in You and Your plan even when we don’t know it or understand it.  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN. 

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I never deny Jesus.” <>< Dona