Saturday 11th April 2020

Saturday April 11

Reading: John 19:31-42

Verse 42: Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Two heroes enter the story – Joseph of Arimathea and the Pharisee Nicodemus. They both put their reputations and lives on the line by asking the Governor Pontius Pilate for Christ’s body – a body of a traitor that was supposed to rot on the cross.

They gently took down Christ’s body which meant they would have been unclean for the rest of the Passover Festival. Thus, they not only gave up their reputations, they also set aside their rich religious traditions which must have been deeply shocking to them.

Christ’s body was placed in a nearby tomb. There was no time to do the usual preparations, although Nicodemus, like Mary earlier that week, brought some sweet-smelling nard to be rubbed on His body and take away the stench of death. 

There was nothing more anyone could do until the Special Sabbath was over.

Q: Have we given up anything for Jesus?

Prayer: Lord, give us the courage to be faithful to You. Amen.