Buried in a Rich Man’s Tomb

The Lord Jesus had a humble birth, was despised in His life and was cruelly crucified as a criminal. But after His death, His suffering was immediately changed into honor.

A rich man, Joseph of Arimathea, was a honorable member of the Council. He was awaiting the coming kingdom of God and went boldly to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, came to care for the Lord’s burial by having His body anointed with myrrh and aloes, wrapping it in a new piece of linen.

“And they assigned His grave with the wicked, But with a rich man in His death, Although He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth” (Isa. 53:9). The tomb was a new tomb, hewn out of rock.

The Lord Jesus was given an excellent burial and laid to rest in a new tomb, so He could enjoy His Sabbath, His rest. For His work was finished (cf Gen. 2:1-2; John 19:30)

The Lord Jesus death was an all-inclusive death, terminating all the negative things in the universe— sin, sins, death, Satan, the world, old creation, flesh, and all the ordinances and releasing the divine riches in His life for man to enter into and enjoy.

After the Lord’s life full of suffering and humiliation, He was buried with honor and dignity in a peaceful situation.

Luke 48