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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
95

Evening already coming on preparation day,
which is before the Sabbath,
Joseph, a prominent member of the council,
a wealthy person from Arimathea, a Jewish town,
a man good and just
who was himself also expecting the sovereignty of God
and was not agreeing with the council and their action,
who himself also had become a disciple of Jesus
but secretly because of the fear of the Jews,
coming and having summoned his courage
he went in to Pilate and requested the body of Jesus.

Pilate wondered if he had already died,
and calling forward the centurion
he asked him if he had already died;
and discovering it from the centurion
he granted the corpse to Joseph.

Having bought linen he came and took his body down.
Nicodemus also, who had come to him by night at the first,
came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes
of about a hundred pounds.
So they took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in clean linen
and bound it in bandages with the spices,
as it is the custom to bury the Jews.

At the place where he was crucified there was a garden,
and in the garden his new tomb which he had hewn in the rock,
in which no one had ever been laid.
Therefore due to the Jewish preparation day,
because the tomb was near, they laid Jesus there,
and having rolled a big stone to the door of the tomb
they went away.

Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses,
following behind and sitting opposite the grave
saw the tomb and how his body was laid,
and returning prepared spices and ointment.
They rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

The next day, which is after preparation day,
the high priests and the Pharisees assembled before Pilate
saying, "Lord, we were reminded that
that deceiver said while living, 'After three days I rise.'
Therefore command the grave to be secured
until the third day,
lest the disciples coming should steal him
and say to the people, 'He was raised from the dead,'
and the last deception will be worse than the first."

Pilate said to them, "Take a guard;
go secure it as you know how."
So proceeding they secured the grave
sealing the stone with the guard.

95. The Body Is Laid in a Tomb Harmony 95 * Interpretation 95
96. The Angels at the Tomb Harmony 96 * Synthesis 96 * Interpretation 96

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