Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 29: Buried with the Rich
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 29th, 2013

Isaiah 53:9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Matthew 27:57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. 

In the gospel accounts, we read the entire volume and see Jesus’ humility throughout. He is not willing to draw much attention to Himself, but rather His words and works that glorify His Father. When He healed the sick, many times He told them not to tell anyone. You don’t see Him living in a nice house. He was from an obscure town. He was from meager means, a carpenter like His step father. He was not a Roman citizen, nor a part of the upper crust, nor a part of the religious establishment. In fact, until God’s glory was manifested through Him at a wedding in Cana, Galilee He would not have received any unusual respect. The majority of His life relatively few people even knew His name.  

When He made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, even that was (at least from a secular point of view) lackluster and non-regal. When He was arrested He didn’t assert His innocence, His kingship or His power. The first time our Lord allows Himself to ever be associated with anything regarding the rich was after His death. It was only in death that He was associated with anything regal. Fitting? Yes, it is fitting only because Jesus was so full of paradox and the unexpected. He was always more than He appeared, but He never made His kingship of this world. Only in death was He ever associated with the rich. He was buried in a rich man’s tomb. But as it turned out, this tomb was only a rental.

After not wanting to publicly acknowledge Jesus while He was alive, both Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea come to Pilate and ask for the body of Jesus. When Pilate allows them to take His body, Joseph (who was well off, financially) chose to put Jesus into a tomb in which He had just purchased for Himself. In death He spent three days in a rich man’s tomb, but His ultimate destination was the Throne of Heaven.

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