Key Scripture: Luke 23:55-56 “Now the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how His body was laid. And then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath, they rested according to the commandment.”
(For a full account of the events for this day, see Matthew 27:62-66)
According to Jewish burial custom Jesus’ body would have been washed and wrapped in linen cloth (John 19:40). Due to the Saturday Sabbath quickly approaching it was crucial that they place the body in the tomb but would return later to complete the preparation process (Mark 16:1; Luke 23:56). The Sabbath was a sacred day to the Jewish people and was to be observed as a day of rest from all work according to their law. (Exodus 31:15) This meant that Jesus would need to be buried in a timely manner.
Matthew records the event: “As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.” (Matthew 27:57-60)
Notice in the text that they wrapped the body of Jesus, but did not use spices or oil perfumes. Under Jewish law they would have to return and complete the process of a proper burial. A few women who followed Christ planned to return to the tomb on Sunday morning after the Saturday Sabbath but only to find their Lord was not there!
Here is a sneak peak for tomorrow with a special hymn to meditate on. “Up from the grave He arose, With a mighty triumph o'er His foes, He arose a Victor from the dark domain, And He lives forever with His saints to reign. He arose! (He arose), He arose! (He arose), Hallelujah! Christ arose!” (Written by Daniel Thornton)
Questions to Consider:
Are you daily celebrating the Resurrection of your Savior?
Father, thank you for Your detailed and sovereign plan to provide for me hope in the death, burial, and resurrection of Your Son and my Savior. Father, give me renewed excitement and gladness in all that You accomplished on the cross.