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Matthew 27:57-66. The Grave 20 Dec 2023

Mat 27:57 When it was evening,
there came a rich man of Arimathaea, called Joseph,
who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.
58 This man went to Pilate
and asked for the body of Jesus.
Then Pilate ordered it to be handed over.
59 So Joseph took the body,
wrapped it in a clean shroud
60 and put it in his own new tomb
which he had hewn out of the rock.
He then rolled a large stone across the entrance of the tomb
and went away.
61 Now Mary of Magdala and the other Mary were there,
sitting opposite the sepulcher.
62 Next day, that is, when Preparation Day was over,
the chief priests and the Pharisees
went in a body to Pilate 63 and said to him,
'Your Excellency,
we recall that this impostor said, while he was still alive,
"After three days I shall rise again."
64 Therefore give the order
to have the sepulcher kept secure until the third day,
for fear his disciples come and steal him away
and tell the people,
"He has risen from the dead."
This last piece of fraud would be worse than what went before.'
65 Pilate said to them,
'You may have your guard;
go and make all as secure as you know how.'
66 So they went and made the sepulcher secure,
putting seals on the stone and mounting a guard.

Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.

There are three actions: Joseph of Arimathaea buries Jesus, the two Marys keep watch and thirdly the chief priests and Pharisees (who believe in the resurrection) seal the stone grave.

The scripture time calculation around the dead of Jesus is too complicated for me. I would say that the chief priests and Pharisees violated the sabbath.


Jesus, I say thanks for the appropriate actions of the women and Joseph of Arimathaea.

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