Holy Week: Saturday – His Body in the Tomb

After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being 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 the body of Jesus. And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 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 there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.” – John 19:38-42

Holy Saturday is the somber day of reflection where Jesus’s physical body lay in the tomb.

Jesus’s enemies, the chief priests and Pharisees visit Pilate asking him to fortify the tomb, which he does.

Jesus’s followers have scattered and spent the day in profound grief, shock, and fear (John 20:19).

However, Sanhedrin members Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus boldly come forward to take care of their Savior. It’s noted that Nicodemus brings an exorbitant amount of burial spices (100lbs!), proving his conversion.

The Light has gone out and the world is darker more than ever in its absence.

However, Sunday is just around the sunset and the world would never be the same!

Saturday’s events are recorded in Matthew 27:62-66, Mark 16:1, Luke 23:56, and John 19:40.

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