Luke 23:50–56 (ESV)
Jesus Is Buried
Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and
asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. 55 The women who had come with
him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.
On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
A rich man named Joseph, who was a member of the council, came to claim the body of Jesus. He did not want Jesus to be buried with the criminals. The Bible says he is from the Jewish town of Arimathea, but he is
not living there now, because he is living in the Jerusalem area and serving on the council. He is well known and has easy access to Pilate. The Bible also points out that is did not consent to their decision and action regarding Jesus, and that
he was a disciple... that is a follower of Jesus. The Gospel of John is the only Gospel account that adds that Nicodemus was with him and that they took the body to be prepared for burial. Time was of essence because the Sabbath was coming quickly...
so they had to do a rush job to get Jesus prepared for burial. They actually did not have enough time to finish and they would have to wait until after the Sabbath. Jesus was wrapped in a linen shroud and laid him in an unused tomb that was cut
in stone. This was more fitting for the King of the Jews. At this point, they had no choice but to wait and rest, for the Sabbath day began.
I pray: O Lord, your death brings about mixed
feelings. I rejoice in that you have set me free through faith and repentance. You died for the forgiveness of sins. Yet at the same time, I am filled with sorrow because it should have been me on the cross. I believe in standing up
and claiming my sins, but you cut in front of me and gave your life instead of mine. I am sorry for my sins and I repent of them. I want to do better. Please forgive me, renew me, and guide me to your Kingdom. Amen.