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Sunday, May 29 2016

John 19: What Did Joseph And Nicodemus Do With The Messiah's Body?

"Pilate gave him leave ... Joseph of Arimathaea ... took the body of Jesus ... there came also Nicodemus ... and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes ... then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices ... in the garden a new sepulchre ... There laid they Jesus"

The condemnation and execution of the Messiah happened amidst a Satanic human frenzy (see The Night Of The Messiah And The Lynch Mob) whereby the spirit of murder filled the hearts and minds of those responsible for the lynching. As the ultimate travesty, but well in keeping with the spirit of what was happening, a convicted murderer was released to the murderers (see Why Did They Want A Murderer Released Instead Of Jesus?) - while they were murdering a man who had been publicly declared as innocent by the Roman military governor Pontius Pilate (see Innocent Blood). It is quite likely that Barabbas even then took part in the execution that should have been done to him that day.


"19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 19:3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

19:4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. 19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

19:6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.

Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.

19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

19:8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; 19:9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

19:13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him.

Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King?

The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away." (John 19:1-16 KJV)

The Crucifixion

Aming those nearest the Cross were the apostle John, Mary of Magdala (who later became the first human witness of the Resurrection), Mary the mother of Jesus, and Mary's sister / John's mother / Jesus' aunt (to understand their relationships, as stated in the Bible record itself, see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth).

"19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. 19:20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. 19:21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

19:22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home." (John 19:17-27 KJV)

The Crucifixion happened on Nisan 14, the Preparation day for the annual Sabbath of Passover i.e. "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, for that sabbath day was an high day" (see The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week; also Nisan 14: The Day That The Messiah Was Crucified and Nisan 15: The First Day In The Tomb On The Passover High Day).

The Tomb

"19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 19:29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

19:32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

19:35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced. " (John 19:28-37 KJV)

At great personal danger to themselves, amidst the murderous frenzy Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus the Pharisee (see the Fact Finder question below) boldly claimed the Body of the Messiah from the Cross and got it into the Tomb exactly on time (see Passover: The Days From Sacrifice To Resurrection).

Joseph of Arimathaea provided the Tomb, while Nicodemus provided the "myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight." Together they "wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury" before they placed the Body in the Tomb.

"19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." (John 19:38-42 KJV)

Fact Finder: Nicodemus the believing Pharisee was the recipient of the Messiah's famous "born again" and "John 3:16" teachings. What did the Messiah actually say about those truths?
See What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?

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This Day In History, May 29

363: Roman Emperor Julian (see Ancient Empires - Rome) defeated the Sassanids (the last pre-Islamic empire of Persia, known today as Iran; see Ancient Empires - Persia) at the Battle of Ctesiphon.

1167: Frederick Barbarossa was defeated by the Lombard League at the Battle of Legnano.

1328: Philip VI was crowned King of France.

1453: Ottoman Turks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) under Sultan Mehmed II seized Constantinople (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) after a seven-month siege. Emperor Constantine XI was killed in the battle. The Eastern Roman Empire collapsed, marking the end of the European Middle Ages.

The Ottoman Empire

1500: Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Diaz, who discovered the Cape of Good Hope, drowned during a voyage.

1555: The Peace of Amasya was concluded between the Ottoman Empire and Persia.

1660: King Charles II was restored to the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth.

1727: Peter II was proclaimed Czar (the Russian form of "Caesar") of Russia.

1838: John George Lambton, the earl of Durham, landed at Quebec. British PM Lord Melbourne had appointed Lord Durham governor general of Canada to investigate colonial grievances after the Canadian rebellions of 1837. The Durham Report urged unification of Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada (Quebec) and institution of government by colonists themselves. Unlike the colonists in New England to the south who rebelled after their demands were not met, all of the demands of the Canadian colonists were met, thereby avoiding another "revolution in the Americas."

1903: King Alexander Obrenovich of Serbia, and Queen Draga, were assassinated in Belgrade by the "Black Hand" organization.

1914: The ocean liner Empress of Ireland sank quickly in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off Rimouski, Quebec after colliding with a Norwegian coal ship in dense fog. 1,012 lives were lost, the worst maritime disaster in Canadian history.

1918: Armenian forces defeated the Ottomans at the Battle of Sardarapat.

1944: A German submarine sank the USS Block Island, a U.S. aircraft carrier, near Madeira. It was the only U.S. carrier lost in the Atlantic Ocean during the Second World War (1939-1945; the U.S. entered the war in December of 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii). Eleven U.S. aircraft carriers were sunk by Japanese forces in the Pacific Ocean during the Second World War.

1950: The RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the "Mounties") ship St. Roch arrived back at Halifax, Nova Scotia, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate North America.

1953: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norkay become the first (known) humans to reach the top of Mount Everest.

1964: The Arab League met in "East Jerusalem," resulting in the creation of the "Palestinian Liberation Organization."

1966: Thanh Quang, a South Vietnamese Buddhist nun, committed suicide by burning with gasoline to protest the U.S. support of the Saigon regime.

1985: Amputee Steve Fonyo completed his cross-Canada run at Victoria, British Columbia; the marathon took 14 months.

1990: Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic, thereby giving him an official power base to attack Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev.


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