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The Burial of Jesus, Luke 23:50-56

50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, 51 had not agreed to their plan and action.  He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.  On the sabbath they  rested according to the commandment.

Matthew 27:62-66

62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, "Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, 'After three days I will rise again.' 64 Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, 'He has been  raised from the dead,' and the last deception would be worse than the first." 65 Pilate said to them, "You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can." 66 So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

John 19:38-42

38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus.  Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. 39 Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus by night,  also came, ringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 40 They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now  there was a garden in the place where he was crucified and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.


1. Pray together as a family. Light a candle and remember that the light of the world will be defeating death the next morning.

2. Paint a Holy Saturday rock.  On one side, write the word that best describes your feelings regarding the crucifixion (ex. despair, lost, pain, confusion, etc.) .  On the other side, write the word that best describes how Easter changes those feelings (ex. hope, found, restoration, joy).  Place this rock in your room and be consistently reminded that though there is trouble in this world, the trouble is never the end of the story. 

3. Holy Saturday is a day of waiting, where we live in the pain of what we have lost looking for hope.  It's hard to wait.  Yet, our waiting is not wishing for a better day, but trusting that God will arise, renew, restore, and redeem.  Tell a story about waiting where you wrestled with the difficulty of loss but then experienced God's hope or peace rising in you like the dawn of a new day.