devotional post # 2082
Luk 23:50 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man,
Luk 23:51 who had not agreed to their choice and action; and he was expecting the kingdom of God.
Luk 23:52 This man went to Pilate and requested the body of Jesus.
Luk 23:53 Then he took it down and had it wrapped in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid.
Luk 23:54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.
Luk 23:55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid.
Luk 23:56 Then they returned and prepared spices and oils. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
back to normal
It was apparently unusual for criminals to be given any sort of elaborate burial preparations. So, we see again that reality kind of slips back into place after the death of Christ. Joseph and the Galilean women are allowed to treat Jesus’ body with respect, the surreal hatred of him forgotten after the deed is done. Sabbath rules and Passover preparations slip back into place and the world returns to normal. Everything has changed now, but nobody seems to know it.
LORD, wake us to the reality that has changed everything: your atonement.