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Jesus Is Buried (Mk. 15:42-47; Lk. 23:50-56; Jn. 19:38-42)

57That evening a rich man named Joseph came to Jerusalem. Joseph was a follower of Jesus from the town of Arimathea. 58Joseph went to Pilate and asked to have Jesus' body. Pilate gave orders for the soldiers to give Jesus' body to Joseph. 59Then Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a new linen cloth. 60Joseph put Jesus' body in a new tomb (grave) that Joseph had dug in a wall of rock. Then he closed the tomb by rolling a very large stone to cover the entrance. After he did these things, Joseph went away. 61Mary Magdalene and the other woman named Mary were sitting near the tomb.

The Tomb of Jesus Is Guarded

62That day was the day called Preparation day.* The next day, the leading priests and the Pharisees* went to Pilate. 63They said, "Sir, we remember that while that liar was still alive he said, 'After three days I will rise from death.' 64So give the order for the tomb to be guarded well until after three days. His followers might come and try to steal the body. Then they could tell the people that he has risen from death. That lie will be even worse than what they said about him before." 65Pilate said, "Take some soldiers and go guard the tomb the best way you know." 66So they all went to the tomb and made it safe from thieves. They did this by sealing the stone in the entrance and putting soldiers there to guard it.

Preparation day Friday, the day before the Sabbath day. Pharisees The Pharisees were a Jewish religious group that claimed to follow carefully all Jewish laws and customs.

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