Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 12:40; John 19:38-42; Romans 5:6-8
SATURDAY FOCUS (Holy Week)
As the prophet Isaiah predicted, Jesus was taken down from the cross and placed in a rich man’s grave close to the crucifixion site near Golgotha. Jesus also told His disciples He would be crucified and placed in the grave, but only for three days. The disciples were so moved by the injustice of Christ’s death, they failed to see His willingness to go to the cross as a powerful demonstration of God’s love for us.
And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus’ death as a substitutionary sacrifice for sin was the ultimate demonstration of God’s love for humanity.
As the apostle John explains, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (Jn. 3:16).