Jesus Is Not in the Grave!
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. (Matthew 27:57-61)
Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. (Deuteronomy 6:13)
David had written in the Psalms:
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:8-10)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)
Joseph laid Jesus in his own new tomb. For Jesus, this was a borrowed tomb. On earth, our Lord owned neither house to lay His head while living nor grave to lay His body in dying. He would not need either very long. Christ was buried only to prove His death. He was placed in a borrowed tomb, a tomb cut out of rock and sealed with rock and tightly guarded. There would be no room for suspect that His body could have been taken by His disciples. He was buried to make His death more certain and His resurrection more glorious.
For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
(1 Corinthians 15:53-55)
Take It to Heart
“Who else has the answer to the frailty of life, the reality of death and the certainty of judgment than Jesus, who by His death destroyed him who holds the power of death and frees those whose lives are enslaved by the fear of death?” (Alistair Begg)
Jesus took away the terror of the grave for us. He is no longer in the grave, He has risen. Death is swallowed up in sweet victory.