Garden Tomb

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

After Jesus dies, Joseph of Arimathea asks Pilate for Jesus' body. Pilate agrees to the request and Joseph takes Jesus and, with the help of Nicodemus, prepares his body for burial in Joseph's private tomb. The short parallel passages for today give us a pretty good look at a one of Jesus' followers (Joseph of Arimathea) who wasn't one of Jesus' twelve disciples. I was impressed by Joseph's actions in this dark time. The big thing that caught my attention was how Joseph didn't let the horrible events of the day incapacitate him. Speaking from experience, that can happen pretty easily. Something bad happens and we just freeze, we don't know quite what to do. But not Joseph. He saw a need and took on the task of caring for Jesus' body. His actions were deliberate and he didn't let anything get in his way.

So what did you learn from Joseph (or Nicodemus) from the passages for today? Tami W.

P.S. In keeping with tradition, I've posted some pictures of the Garden Tomb. :)

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Joseph of Arimathaed and Nicodemus were two different individuals according to John 19:38,39 KJV

Both men were ready to take care of Jesus after His death. Joseph had a tomb, and Nicodemus had the anointing spices. We need to be ready to serve Jesus, anyone in need. I had never realized that Nicodemus had these spices to anoint Jesus.

It took real Courage to take opposite action against their peer group (which in that day & age could lead to stoning -- so I'm talkin' REAL Courage), by undertaking the actions of asking for Jesus' body, go getting it, and even placing it in his (Joseph's) Own tomb -- talk about putting yourself on the line!

Their example should be an inspiration for us today . . . there are times we need to make the choice NOT to follow our peer groups, when and if their actions go against the cause of Christ -- Will our own actions speak FOR Jesus, or AGAINST Him?

Both men had the courage to take care of Jesus even if it meant getting stone back then. And if you thing about it Nicodemus was this great religious leader but here show that he became a believer. NO matter what we are faced with daily we should always have the boldness to do what Jesus would have done. This teaches us to not worry about what people think or even what people might say. Our focus should always be on our savior and be ready to let him use us in any way.

Joseph and Nicodemus knew of Jesus and that He is the Son of God and our Saviour and they would not allow Him to be buried in any tomb/grave. He is the Son of God and His disciples had to have access and to testify as the Scripture says, He would rise on 3rd day from the dead. All glory, honour and power belongs to our God. He knows and plans everything. Amen.

I think that is interesting in Luke 19:38 it says Joseph was a secret disciple of Jesus because he was afraid of the Jewish leaders. Yet he had the courage after Jesus' death to go to Pilate and ask for the body to bury it. Jesus gives us courage. I can't even imagine what shape his body must have been in after the brutal crucifixion.

I took note of how each writer of the four gospels of some of the differences of the preparations of the burial of Jesus' body. Nicodemus is only mentioned in the book of John. Only in John it mentions that Joseph had the spices and wrapped Jesus' body with them in the linens. Joseph was a will man to prepare Jesus' body for burial and also to give up his burial tomb for Jesus' body.

Hi fellow worshippers,I need ur advices,last year Sept I had a misunderstandin wit my man,he left me but after sometimes I found dat he had anada gal,I gave up on him started my praying and listenin to Gods guidance,I ask God to forgiv me if I had done anythin bad to chase him away,and
That if indeed he is mine God should show him the way,some weeks back he started calling me and on Monday he came to my house,told me of wat he has been doin and that he hasn't been livin at peace wherever he was,and now he wants to come back home,but he requested that I give him 3 months for him to collect himself so that he doesn't come to me wit the stress of his past.I don't know wat to do coz he hurt me,but the ada side of my heart says I shud forgive him and continue where we stopped becoz I always pray to God that he forgives me s I always forgive those who hav sinned against me.

Jennifer pointed out that Joseph had been a secret disciple, according to Luke. His request for Jesus' body put a decided end to that secrecy, and that certainly took courage, especially at a time when the Sanhedrin's negative reactions toward anyone associated with Jesus would have been at an all-time high.

For Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin, to do the same would be an equally bold move.

I think we learn from both of these men that there's no neutral ground when it comes to following Jesus--in fact, He says as much Himself in the gospels. We're either with Him all the way, or we're against Him.

Dale: Tami mentioned Nicodemus and Joseph as two different individuals in the blog post, and they're mentioned as two different individuals in all versions of scripture. I think the wording of the question may have thrown you off a bit. :-)

Anonymous: As I understand it, you've prayed that the Lord would bring healing and forgiveness to both you and your husband. If he's now come to you sincerely seeking restoration, then it seems to me that the appropriate response would be for the two of you to grant that same forgiveness to each other, and then begin that restoration process. I'd suggest that you not try to go it alone. Meeting with a Christian marriage counselor and/or your pastor would an excellent thing for you both to do.

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