John Lesson 27 Day 5
12. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph (and Nicodemus) came and took the body away. (John 19:38 NLT)
Jesus body was buried in a tomb (grave). “Normally those executed by crucifixion remained affixed to their cross for days as a grim warning of the consequences of disobeying the Roman government.” (David Guzik)
The grave belonged to a rich man. (Joseph of Arimathea)
The rich men properly prepared the body for burial with 100 pounds of spices to prevent decay. (This procedure proved unnecessary since Jesus didn’t stay there long enough to decay.)
The grave in the garden reversed Adam’s bringing of death into Eden. (MacLaren)
It’s also interesting that the tomb is in a garden. Some compare Jesus’ burial and resurrection in a garden to the Garden of Eden. Jesus, the second Adam who gave man a second chance for fellowship with God, resurrected in a garden.
In which no one had yet been laid:
Although it wasn’t mentioned in prophecy (at least, I don’t think so), the tomb was new. Spurgeon makes an interesting point: “If they buried him in an old tomb, the Jews would say that he had touched the bones of some prophet or other holy man, and so came to life.” (Spurgeon)
God thought of everything.
13. Jesus died as us, taking the punishment we deserved.
Aside from practical concerns, we bury the dead out of respect. As followers of Christ, burial has a deeper significance.
“Just as Jesus’ body was raised and ascended into heaven, so we believe our bodies will be returned to us when Jesus returns…Burying the bodies of the dead reminds us of this hope we have in the Resurrection. It anticipates the reuniting of our body with our soul in heaven.” (Source)
Baptism symbolizes our identification with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
We were buried with Him beneath the waters of the ceremonial washing called baptism and then were raised up with Him by faith in the resurrection power of God, who brought Him back from the dead. (Voice)
But the fact is that Christ (the Messiah) has been raised from the dead, and He became the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep [in death]. (AMPC)
But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.” (MSG)
In His human body He was put to death, but He was made alive in the spirit, (AMPC)
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 27 Day 5