John 19: 38-42…..A Sabbath of weeping.

After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

Comment: The dead body of the Son of God is laid in another man’s tomb. If we read the other gospel accounts we see that the Jews, knowing that Jesus had said that He would rise from the dead, frightened that the disciples would steal His body and claim that He had risen, set a number of soldiers as guards outside the sealed cover of the burial cave. So it seems as if the Jewish leaders have won. But where is God in all this?

Prayer: Whereas the disciples were distraught, we thank You that we know the answer, Our Triumphant God!

One thought on “John 19: 38-42…..A Sabbath of weeping.

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. What wonderful friends Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus are to go and ask for the body of Jesus, and take it down from the Cross, take it to a new tomb where no one had been laid, embalm the body with 75 pounds of spices, and wrap the body and lay it in the new tomb. Surely this shows how great their love for Jesus really is. God bless you.


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