The Tomb

There was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action. With courage he went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. When he learned that Jesus was dead, he granted the body to Joseph.

Nicodemus also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So, they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices. 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. Since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there and rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. It was the day of Preparation and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

John 19 / Luke 23 / Mark 15

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