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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.
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.
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).
"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.
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.
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?
This Day In History, May 29
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.
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.