The Burial of Jesus

by Andrew Forrest

We are almost finished with the Gospel of Matthew! Two quick points on today’s account of the burial of Jesus:

  1. Joseph of Arimathea is a good man. His faithfulness probably seemed like a waste–why lavish so much attention on a man who was already dead? But some actions are just right in themselves, and there doesn’t have to be a larger point. And, of course, what can seem useless to us won’t really ever be wasted by the Lord anyway.
  2. Pilate and the Jewish leadership try to prevent the Resurrection by ordering a guard to keep watch over the tomb. Talk about a useless gesture: there was no power in the universe that could have kept Jesus in the grave!

Today’s Scripture:

Matthew 27:57-68

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