We continued our study of the last week of Christ before His resurrection. Yesterday, we talked about what transpired on Friday…the Passover meal, the betrayal, the trials, the crucifixion and the burial before the Sabbath.
Jesus was placed in the tomb before 6:00pm on Friday. Why? Sabbath begins on Friday 6:00pm and no work can be done. This is the Fourth Commandment. Deuteronomy 5:12-15, “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord you God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor the alien within your gates, so that your manservant and maidservant may rest, as you do. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.”
When Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus down from the cross, he put Him in a tomb. How did Joseph find a tomb so quickly? The tomb belonged to Joseph. Matthew 27:59-60, “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.”
Joseph of Arimathea was a believer and waited for the kingdom of God. Luke 23:50-51, “Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God.”
Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but in secret. John 19:38, “Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.”
That was on Friday, before 6:00pm. On the next day the Pharisees and the chief priests went to Pilate and asked for the tomb to be guarded. Why? They thought the disciples were going to take the body of Jesus. Matthew 27:62-64, “The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we remember that while He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
Adam invited our boys to go swimming in his above ground pool today. They went by dorms for 45 minutes each. The boys had fun. We are appreciative of Adam and Vilma for allowing our boys to come for a swim. By the way, as I walked over for lunch duty, I looked down into the transition area and saw the pool. I don’t know what the water looked like before our boys went swimming…but let’s just say, it wasn’t clear now.
The older children were invited to watch another movie tonight…“Ben Hur.”
Lee and Candy