I read Mark 15:42-47 this morning.
Jesus has died, and a man named Joseph, from Arimathea, a member of the Council (the Sanhedrin, the one that condemned Jesus, btw), and one who was “”waiting for the kingdom of God”. Joseph goes to Pilate and asks for Jesus’ body. Pilate surprised that He “was already dead” (it was typical for people on the cross to hang there for a few days before dying), has a Centurion conform Joseph’s tale, and then, gives him the body of Jesus. Joseph goes to Golgotha, takes Jesus off of the cross, wraps him up, and then takes him to a tomb, places him there, and seals it shut. The two Marys see all of this.
Questions that I don’t know the answers to: (I just have assumptions-more on them in a bit)
What did he really know about Jesus? did he have an inside scope.
To whom did the tomb belong? Was it Joseph’s?
Was it the “family” tomb? If so, why would he bury Jesus there?
Why did he use his own tomb?
If the tomb was new (as the NIV text notes state), was the tomb then not going to be used again? Why wouldn’t it be used again? Did they re-use tombs?
Here’s what I think.
It was his tomb, both he and his family would be buried there when they died. Joseph believed that Jesus was who He claimed to be. He knew that He wasn’t going to be in the tomb very long. Maybe he didn’t know all of the details, but neither did Abraham when he took Isaac up on the mountain to kill him as God commanded. And the stone was for good measure, to prove that He was indeed, God.