In the Tomb
John 19:38-42 NLT
Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth. The place of crucifixion was near a graden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
After being crucified, they laid Jesus in a nearby tomb. The anguish and disappointment His disciples would have experienced during this time of loss and crushed expectations must have been completely overwhelming. We can only imagine what was going through their minds.
What would it have been like to have been there? What questions would have been racing through our minds? What would conversations around us been like? How could anyone have escaped the effects of the tremendous earth shaking event of Christ’s death on the cross? The darkness, the curtain of the Temple torn apart, the graves shaken open, the earthquake!
As we reflect on the impact of Christ’s death and burial, let’s not forget that the story doesn’t end there.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when … ?