Saturday, April 19, 2014
HOLY WEEK: In the tomb
It is typical to think of Saturday as an "off day" for Holy Week, but actually quite a lot was happening. Jesus was taken down from the cross and his body was wrapped in fine cloths and spices. Then Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea - both prominent men who had much to lose by declaring they were followers of Jesus - came forward to claim the body and place it into a rich tomb. Finally, the Sanhedrin - aware of Jesus's prophesies about resurrection - convinced Pilate to seal the tomb and guard it to protect against tampering.