NEW TESTAMENT READING
After this Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate if he could take away the body of Jesus. Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one because he feared the Jewish authorities. Pilate gave him permission, so he came and took the body away. Nicodemus, the one who at first had come to Jesus at night, was there too. He brought a mixture of myrrh and aloe, nearly seventy-five pounds in all. Following Jewish burial customs, they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it, with the spices, in linen cloths. There was a garden in the place where Jesus was crucified, and in the garden was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish Preparation Day and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus in it.
The last two years at our Good Friday service, I ended the service with these words. They are powerful yet sobering words;
We hope for the dawning of a new day. We hope for God to bring newness out of endings. But today . . . . Go home. There is nothing more to see. Jesus is dead.
Now….in the silence…we wait….