When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guardof soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone. ~ Matthew 27:57-66
What would you like to bury?
What preparations do you think must be made to make that happen?
What does burial signify to you?
Gracious and loving God, releasing someone or something to be buried is often more difficult than we imagine. Give us strength, courage, and peace to lay these things or people to rest. Amen.