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The Burial of Christ: John 19:38-42 "38
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. 39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came,
bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 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. 41 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. 42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’
Preparation Day, for the tomb was near."

A. Story of Redemption, Pages 227-229:  The Burial

John was at a loss to know what measures he should take in regard to
the body of his beloved Master. He shuddered at the thought of its being
handled by rough and unfeeling soldiers, and placed in a dishonored burial
place. He knew he could obtain no favors from the Jewish authorities, and he
could hope little from Pilate. But Joseph and Nicodemus came to the front in
this emergency. Both of these men were members of the Sanhedrin, and
acquainted with Pilate. Both were men of wealth and influence. They were
determined that the body of Jesus should have an honorable burial.

Joseph went boldly to Pilate, and begged from him the body of Jesus for
burial. Pilate then gave an official order that the body of Jesus should be
given to Joseph. While the disciple John was anxious and troubled about the
sacred remains of his beloved Master, Joseph of Arimathea returned with the
commission from the governor; and Nicodemus, anticipating the result of
Joseph's interview with Pilate, came with a costly mixture of myrrh and
aloes of about one hundred pounds' weight. The most honored in all Jerusalem
could not have been shown more respect in death.

Gently and reverently they removed with their own hands the body of
Jesus from the instrument of torture, their sympathetic tears falling fast
as they looked upon His bruised and lacerated form, which they carefully
bathed and cleansed from the stain of blood. Joseph owned a new tomb, hewn
from stone, which he was reserving for himself; it was near Calvary, and he
now prepared this sepulcher for Jesus. The body, together with the spices
brought by Nicodemus, was carefully wrapped in a linen sheet, and the three
disciples bore their precious burden to the new sepulcher, wherein man had
never before lain. There they straightened those mangled limbs, and folded
the bruised hands upon the pulseless breast. The Galilean women drew near,
to see that all had been done that could be done for the lifeless form of
their beloved Teacher. Then they saw the heavy stone rolled against the
entrance of the sepulcher, and the Son of God was left at rest. The women
were last at the cross, and last at the tomb of Christ. (CHIP PLEASE

Although the Jewish rulers had carried out their fiendish purpose in
putting to death the Son of God, their apprehensions were not quieted, nor
was their jealousy of Christ dead. Mingled with the joy of gratified
revenge, there was an ever-present fear that His dead body, lying in
Joseph's tomb, would come forth to life. Therefore "the chief priests and
Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that
deceiver said, while He was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest
His disciples come by night, and steal Him away, and say unto the people, He
is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first."
Matt. 27:63, 64. Pilate was as unwilling as were the Jews that Jesus should
rise with power to punish the guilt of those who had destroyed Him, and he
placed a band of Roman soldiers at the command of the priests. Said he, "Ye
have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made
the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch." Matt. 27: 65,

The Jews realized the advantage of having such a guard about the tomb
of Jesus. They placed a seal upon the stone that closed the sepulcher, that
it might not be disturbed without the fact being known, and took every
precaution against the disciples' practicing any deception in regard to the
body of Jesus. But all their plans and precautions only served to make the
triumph of the resurrection more complete and to more fully establish its

John 20:1-18 "1 Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the
tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken
away from the tomb. 2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other
disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord
out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
3 Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the
tomb. 4 So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and
came to the tomb first. 5 And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the
linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came,
following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying
there, 7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with
the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. 8 Then the other
disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.
9 For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from
the dead. 10 Then the disciples went away again to their own homes. 11 But
Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and
looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the
head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then
they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because
they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing
there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why
are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the
gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You
have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She
turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).  17 Jesus
said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father;
but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your
Father, and to My God and your God.’” (CHIP PLEASE HIGHLIGHT V.17) 18 Mary
Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that
He had spoken these things to her."

Early in the morning of the first day of the week, before it was yet light,
holy women came to the sepulcher, bringing sweet spices to anoint the body
of Jesus. They found that the heavy stone had been rolled away from the door
of the sepulcher, and the body of Jesus was not there. Their hearts sank
within them, and they feared that their enemies had taken away the body.
Suddenly they beheld two angels in white apparel, their faces bright and
shining. These heavenly beings understood the errand of the women and
immediately told them that Jesus was not there; He had risen, but they could
behold the place where He had lain. They bade them go and tell His disciples
that He would go before them into Galilee. With fear and great joy the women
hurried back to the sorrowing disciples and told them the things which they
had seen and heard.

The disciples could not believe that Christ had risen, but, with the
women who had brought the report, ran hastily to the sepulcher. They found
that Jesus was not there; they saw His linen clothes, but could not believe
the good news that He had risen from the dead. They returned home, marveling
at what they had seen, also at the report brought them by the women.

But Mary chose to linger around the sepulcher, thinking of what she had
seen and distressed with the thought that she might have been deceived. She
felt that new trials awaited her. Her grief was renewed, and she broke forth
in bitter weeping. She stooped down to look again into the sepulcher, and
beheld two angels clothed in white. One was sitting where the head of Jesus
had lain, the other where His feet had been. They spoke to her tenderly and
asked her why she wept. She replied, "They have taken away my Lord, and I
know not where they have laid Him." John 20:13.

As she turned from the sepulcher she saw Jesus standing near, but knew Him
not. He spoke to her tenderly, inquiring the cause of her sorrow and asking
whom she was seeking. Supposing that He was the gardener, she begged Him, if
He had borne away her Lord, to tell her where He had laid Him, that she
might take Him away. Jesus spoke to her with his own heavenly voice, saying,
"Mary!" She was acquainted with the tones of that dear voice, and quickly
answered, "Master!" and in her joy was about to embrace Him; but Jesus said,
"Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My
brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and
to My God, and your God." John 20:17. Joyfully she hastened to the disciples
with the good news. Jesus quickly ascended to His Father to hear from His
lips that He accepted the sacrifice, and to receive all power in heaven and
on earth.

Angels like a cloud surrounded the Son of God and bade the everlasting
gates be lifted up, that the King of glory might come in. I saw that while
Jesus was with that bright heavenly host, in the presence of God, and
surrounded by His glory, He did not forget His disciples upon the earth, but
received power from His Father, that He might return and impart power to
them. The same day He returned and showed Himself to His disciples. He
suffered them then to touch Him, for He had ascended to His Father and had
received power.  See Acts 1:1-11

Jesus stayed in the tomb till His Father called Him. Then, because of His
love for Mary and the rest of the disciples, He stayed and encouraged Mary
before He ascended, and returned and spent over a month with them all and
let them see Him go to Heaven, before He left permanently!

A. John 11:1-44 "The Death of Lazarus"

1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her
sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil
and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3
Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love
is sick.” 4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto
death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified
through it.”
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when He heard
that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. 7 Then
after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The
disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are
You going there again?”
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in
the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10
But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in
him.” 11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend
Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”
12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13
However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking
about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is
dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may
believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” 16 Then Thomas, who is called the
Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with
Him.” I Am the Resurrection and the Life.
17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four
days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. 19 And many
of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them
concerning their brother.
20 Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him,
but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if
You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know
that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection
at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes
in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes
in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son
of God, who is to come into the world.”
28 And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called
Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” 29
As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. 30 Now Jesus
had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him.
31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when
they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She
is going to the tomb to weep there."
32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His
feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have
33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her
weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where
have you laid him?”
They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the
blind, also have kept this man from dying?”
Lazarus Raised from the Dead
38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave,
and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time
there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you
would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place
where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said,
“Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always
hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that
they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He
cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came
out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a
cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

We stay in the grave till Jesus resurrects us. Thus, the thief on the cross
is still sleep in the grave till Jesus comes to wake him up.
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