Thursday, May 16, 2013

No Tomb To Lay His Body

Matthew 27:57-66 NIV

The Burial of Jesus

57As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.58Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and 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. 61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63“Sir,” they said, “we remember that while He was still alive that deceiver said, 

‘After three days I will rise again.’ 

64So 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.”

65“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.


As Christ had not a house of His Own, wherein to lay His Head, while He lived, so He had not a grave of His Own, wherein to lay His body when He was dead. Our Lord Jesus Who had no sin of His Own, had no grave of His Own.

The Jews designed that He should have made His grave with the wicked, should have been buried with the thieves with whom He was crucified, but God overruled it, so that He should make it with the rich in His Death, Isaiah 53:9;

“He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His Death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His Mouth.


On the Jewish Sabbath, the chief priests and Pharisees, when they should have been at their devotions, were dealing with Pilate about securing the Tomb. This was permitted that there might be certain proof of our Lord's resurrection. Pilate told them that they might secure the Tomb as carefully as they could. They sealed the stone, and set a guard, and were satisfied that all needful care was taken. But the Lord took the wise in their own craftiness. Thus all the plans of Christ's enemies will only serve to promote His Glory.

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