Updated: May 26, 2022
"Today, I stand and chat with you in front of a really special place, the garden tomb.
It's said that Jesus was buried here after his crucifixion.
When you look at the scriptures talking about the burial of Jesus, two people are mentioned: Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man who was a secret follower of Jesus, and Nicodemus, a pharisee who actually met with Jesus one-on-one to understand his teachings and to find out who he truly was. When I read through that scripture, I can't help but think of Joseph and Nicodemus taking Jesus' body off the cross, carrying it to a tomb really similar to this, preparing His body for burial, wrapping His broken bloody body in linens and anointing His body with ointment and perfume.
I can't help but think of their heartbreak as they take His body off the cross and prepare someone that they admired, someone they loved for burial. I can't help but think of the disciples and their disappointment. Someone they followed daily for three years, someone they lived with, shared meals with, and experienced miracles with; they heard christ's teachings.
A friend, Jesus was to them.
A brother, Jesus was to them.
I can't help but think of the women at the cross.
Mary, the mother of Jesus.
I can't help but think of their heartbreak and disappointment as they watch him from afar, take his last breath.
I can't help but think of the disappointment, the heartbreak, sorrow and the grief they all felt as Jesus was laid in this tomb.
But here's the turning point.
I can't help but think of the radical, unrivaled joy that each one of those people experienced when they realized His body was no longer in this tomb. I can't help but think of the morning that was turned into dancing when Jesus himself appeared to them and said, "Here I am". I can't help but think of the joy as the angel appears to the women and says, "don't be afraid, He is not here, for He is risen.