HOLY WEEK 2014 – SATURDAY
57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
After Jesus died, his body was placed in a tomb. While some of His disciples stood by watching, a large stone was rolled over the entrance. I can’t even imagine what must have been going through their minds as the stone slowly eclipsed the opening of the tomb and with it, any hope that Jesus was still alive. The days to follow were certainly dark and quiet ones. It’s hard for us to even comprehend what they must of been feeling in those moments after his death and before his resurrection. We have the advantage of knowing that this is not how the story ends. But maybe, just for today, before we get our new clothes out for tomorrow, prep the ham and hide the eggs, we should take a moment to put ourselves in the sandals of these early disciples, and reflect on how our lives would be different if this was how the story ended.