71. Who buried Jesus? Matthew 27:57-60, Mark 15:43-46, Luke 23:50-53 vs. John 19:38-42 vs. Acts 13:27-29
The first three references tell the same part of the same story, so I’m only quoting Matthew for the sake of brevity.
Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.
After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.
For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him. And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death. Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.
Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us about a rich man named Joseph, of Arimathea, who prepared Jesus’ body and laid Him in his own tomb.
John doesn’t change the story, he merely adds Nicodemus. Similar to our conversation about “blind Bartimæus” and his friend, just because one account (or in this case, three) doesn’t mention a person in the story doesn’t mean that person wasn’t there. It just means the writer didn’t deem it necessary to mention him.
Why might Matthew, Mark and Luke have omitted Nicodemus? I can think of a few things to consider. Continue Reading…