Holy Week


Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 12:40; John 19:38-42; Romans 5:6-8


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.

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Garden Tomb entry signage. Photo courtesy, MKM Portfolios

Isaiah 53:9

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.

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Golgotha from the Garden Tomb portico with bus terminal in the foreground. Photo courtesy, MKM Portfolios


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.

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Garden Tomb interior; stone body bench. Photo courtesy, MKM Portfolios.

JOHN 19:38-42

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.

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Garden Tomb stone monument John 19:40-42. Photo courtesy, MKM Portfolios

ROMANS 5:6-8

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.

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Rolling stone tomb, Israel. From the author’s archive – Enhancement MKM Portfolios

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).