Bible Study - Mark 15:42-47 The Burial of Jesus


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Mark 15:42-47 : 

Mark 15:42-47 The Burial of Jesus

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42 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. 45 And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. 46 And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

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Most of the world think of a day as beginning at the arrival of dawn. Jews on the other hand consider a day to begin with the setting of the sun thus marking the end of the day. Jesus was crucified on Friday, the day before the Jewish Sabbath. He died a few hours before sundown and it was against Jewish law to work on the Sabbath. To bury someone was considered work. It was also against the Jewish law to allow anyone to hang on a cross overnight (Deuteronomy 21:23). In order to comply with the law Jesus’ body must be removed from the cross and buried on the same day of his death (Jn. 19:40). Touching a dead body would also cause a person to become ritually unclean.

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“He who touches the dead body of any person shall be unclean seven days; (Numbers 19:11). Being unclean would exclude a person from celebrating the Passover which would start at sundown. Mark only mentions Joseph of Arimathea while John mentions both Joseph and Nicodemus (Jn. 19:38-42). Both Joseph and Nicodemus were members of the Sanhedrin or council. Odd isn’t it that two members of the council which condemned Jesus were the very people who stepped forward to give him a decent burial? Joseph was a secret follower of Jesus (Jn. 19:38) and had not agreed with the council’s decision (Lk. 23:50-51). Mark tells us that Joseph “took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus (Mk. 15:43).

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Joseph’s commitment to Jesus forced him out of hiding. Joseph certainly had a great deal of courage, he had opposed other members of the Sanhedrin who wanted to kill Jesus. He went to the Roman Governor and asked for Jesus’ body and became ritually unclean by taking his dead body from the cross. He even gave Jesus the tomb in which Joseph was to have been buried. Truly a man of courage who may have faced the possibility of future retaliation for his unpopular actions.

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Some people deny the Resurrection. Muslims claim that Jesus was swooned or pass out on the cross and was revived in the tomb, then fled to Arabia and preached Islam for forty years. Verses 44-45 confirm that Jesus actually died on the cross because his death was verified by the centurion, Pilate, Joseph of Arimathea, Jewish religious leaders and the women who assisted in his burial. The historical facts are indisputable, Jesus died and rose again. Joseph brought a linen shroud (v. 46) in which to wrap the body and “Nicodemus also, who had at first come to him by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds’ weight.” (Jn. 19:39).

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Verse 46 tells us they “laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.” The final verse 47 tells us, “Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.” There are those who say that the two ladies became lost and went to the tomb the following day that’s why the tomb was empty. Again such a statement is historically incorrect. The Roman guards knew, the Jewish leaders knew, Joseph and Nicodemus knew and of course the two women knew exactly where the tomb was located. The Resurrection is verified by irrefutable Biblical and Historical facts.

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