And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counseller, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. Mark 15:42-44
One of the debates of Christianity is “What day did Jesus die”? The long Church tradition has been Good “Holy” Friday, which is correct based on the scriptures. Verse 42 makes it clear, Jesus died on the Preparation Day, which is Friday. The Sabbath is on Saturday, so Friday was always known as “Preparation Day” a day to get ready for the Sabbath, since you were limited on what you could do as far as cooking, cleaning, ect
The prophecy of Isaiah 53 is amazing in detail, as it predicted Jesus would not only die with the wicked, but with a rich man, being Joseph of Arimathaea. This is also clear evidence that not all religious leaders rejected Jesus as the Messiah. As not only was Joseph rich but he was also on the council of Sanhedrin. This historical evidence also refutes any false religions claim that Jesus was never buried
And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid. Mark 15:45-47
The tomb, which Satan and all the wicked people thought was their victory over Christ, became our evidence of our victory over sin and death through Jesus. Little did they know on Sunday morning, Jesus would walk out of that grave and reign forevermore. It’s amazing how God used the hearts of men like Joseph to orchestrate this and also used the hearts of wicked men like Pilate. God is always in control
The stone which they sealed the tomb with, was never thought to be rolled away forever. The stone was no match for the power of God, who raised Christ from the dead, crushing Satan forever! The victory that nobody saw coming, o death where is your sting! O grave where is your victory! Jesus overcame it all ! Christ tasted death for just a short time, so we may never have to, Amen!