August 15, 2022     7:22 am
132. Week of Sixth Sunday in Lent - Friday
Laid in the sepulchre
          Come, my people, enter into your chambers and shut your doors about you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.   Isaiah 26:20
          Jesus had died upon the cross. What did they do with His body? - In Jerusalem there lived a member of the chief council named Joseph of Arimathea, a city of the Jews. He had not consented to the council and their deed, for he was a good and just man, and waited for the kingdom of Christ; indeed, he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews. He went boldly to Pilate and asked him if he might take the body of Jesus from the cross. And Pilate wondered if He were already dead; and calling to him the centurion, he asked him whether He had been dead for any length of time. And when he knew it, he commanded the body of Jesus to be delivered to Joseph. And Joseph bought fine linen for the burial of Jesus. Nicodemus, who had previously come to Jesus by night, also came and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pound weight. After they had taken the body of Jesus down, they wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now, near Golgotha there was a garden and in the garden a new sepulchre, a tomb that belonged to Joseph, which he had hewn out of a rock, in which a man had never yet been laid. There they laid Jesus because the Jews' Preparation Day drew to a close. Soon it was six o'clock, the great Paschal Sabbath was drawing near. This place, however, was close by. And they rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre and departed. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, also were there, sitting near the sepulchre; other women also who came with Jesus from Galilee beheld how and where His body was laid. Then they likewise departed, and prepared spices and ointments to anoint the body of Jesus. And they rested on the Sabbath day according to the law. Thus the Saviour was also laid in the grave for us, and hence the grave has lost its terrors for us. For us Christians it is to be a chamber where we are to sleep, and where no man will be able to wake us. There we shall be hidden, as it were, for a little moment; there we shall rest in peace until the wrath of God against the wicked world is past.
          PRAYER: - Merciful and kind Heavenly Father, who caused Your Son to die and be buried for my sin, grant that in true faith I may be united with my Saviour, and always remain so, that by virtue of His death my death may become blessed sleep, that by His grave my grave may be sanctified, and that, lastly, I may rise again to everlasting joy, through Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     7:22 am