Hello and welcome to episode 66.6 of The Berean Manifesto brought to you by The Ekklesian House. This is Pastor Bill and we're doing things a little different this week with our daily devotional leading up to Easter.
Today we're looking at Jesus' Death and Burial. The following is a composite that I put together of Matthew 27:45-61, Mark 15:33-47, Luke 23:44-55, and John 19:28-42.
"When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “See, he’s calling for Elijah.” After this, when Jesus knew that everything was now finished that the Scripture might be fulfilled, he said, “I’m thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was sitting there; immediately someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, fixed it on a hyssop branch, offered Him a drink, and said, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down.” Jesus cried out, “Father, into Your hands I entrust my spirit,” and died. Then the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, there was an earthquake, and rocks were split open. The tombs were also opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. They came out of their tombs after Christ’s resurrection, and were seen by many in Jerusalem. When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way He died with the earthquake and the things that happened, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” There were also women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. In Galilee these women followed Him and took care of Him. Many other women had come up with Him to Jerusalem. Since it was the day before the Sabbath the Jews did not want the bodies to remain on the cross on the Sabbath so they requested that Pilate have the men’s legs broken and that their bodies be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other one who had been crucified with Him. When they came to Jesus, they did not break His legs since they saw that He was already dead. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. He who saw this testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows he is telling the truth. For these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: Not one of His bones will be broken. Also, another Scripture says: They will look at the one they pierced. When it was already evening, because it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin who had become a disciple of Jesus, but kept it secret because of his fear of the Jews, came and boldly went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’s body. Pilate was surprised that He was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he has already died. When he found out from the centurion, he gave the corpse to Joseph. After he bought some linen cloth, Joseph took Him down. Nicodemus (who had previously come to Jesus at night) also came, bringing a mixture of about seventy-five pounds of myrrh and aloes. They wrapped Jesus’ body in the linen cloths with the fragrant spices, according to the burial custom of the Jews. There was a garden in the place where He was crucified. A new tomb was in the garden; no one had yet been placed in it. Then He laid Him in a tomb cut out of the rock and rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were watching where He was laid."
For some reflection on this passage today go download the devotional.
This is Pastor Bill saying, "Until tomorrow..."