The Tomb


As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.

The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’ So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.”

Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.

  • Kafantaris

    Christ’s teachings is what’s important. Nor does one have to be a Christian to see the timeless utility of what he said. His robust ideas transcend all religions, all cultures and all races. Indeed, they are our best map to date on how to live the short time we have on earth:
    Be humble. This is the way to live since tooting our own horn never works. Pride is the cancer of the self and has wrecked the life of many a man.
    Share with others. After our living expenses are paid, let’s share with those less fortunate. We can’t take it with us, and giving it all to our kids will only spoil them more.
    Show tolerance. This is the hallmark of a learned and experienced man. Nobody is all good or all bad. In between lies humanity, but we will never find it if we don’t look there. After all, this is where Christ looked and found us.
    Turn the other cheek. If we were wronged revenge won’t make it right — though it will make it feel better. But the revenge will perpetuate the wrong, and often from generation to generation. Why not turn the other cheek and stop the bad blood right there where it starts.
    Above all, let’s love our strange, filthy, unworthy neighbor as we love ourselves. He could use our understanding and help, though he may not deserve it. He is our brother — unconditionally — and we are our brother’s keeper.

  • FW Ken

    Letters from another tomb.

    A blessed Easter. He is risen!

  • Jack

    Thank you Rebecca. Happy Easter to you and to everyone.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    A short essay on Easter and Passover I wrote six years ago:
    Easter is the day when God gives what is beyond our hopes. The Jewish prayer on Passover recites His great benefits to the Jews, closing each verse with the word “dayenu,” “It would have been enough”, and, with each verse, it goes on to remember a new gift. And yet, from the Christian point of view, all of these things are nothing compared to what He did for us and them and all mankind on the three terrible days of Easter. Think about it: would it not have been enough, for a race that always searches for truth and loves wisdom and justice, that He had revealed Himself to us? If He had given us certain knowledge of who and what He was, would that not have gone further than our greatest hopes, though we lived and died without any further hope? Would it not be enough to have a lifetime, twenty, thirty, forty, sixty, a hundred years, to meditate on this wonderful knowledge, to live in this light? But He has done a lot more: in revealing Himself to us, He has given His life, not only for us, but to us, so that we may call ourselves His children, so that we may not only know Him, not only love Him, but live in the light of His love and His knowledge for ever. If He had revealed the truth of Himself to us, DAYENU: but in revealing Himself, He has defeated death and opened the doors of Heaven – of His dimension, His own kind of life – to us for ever. And does anyone imagine that such a thing can be spoken of except in terms like these: to Him be glory and honour and love and splendour and might and devotion and power and rule and justice for ever and ever, amen?

  • Art Chartier

    1 Corinthians 15.17-20 NLT
    “And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.”
    Happy Easter – He is risen!