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as the Messiah. To this point, both of them   of the personal loss to themselves. “Then
        had been relatively low-key about their   took they the body of Jesus, and wound
        convictions in relation to Christ. But now   it in linen clothes with the spices, as the
        everything was out in the open. Their   manner of the Jews is to bury” (Joh 19:40).
        commitment would cost them, as any      Note how near the tomb just happened
        commitment to the Lord Jesus will. They   to be: “Now in the place where he was
        would lose their positions, their reputa-  crucified there was a garden; and in the
        tions, perhaps even their wealth. But they   garden a new sepulchre, wherein was
        believed that title on the Savior’s cross,   never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus
        that He was indeed the King of the Jews.   … for the sepulchre was nigh at hand”
        Therefore, they sought to give Him a royal   (vv41,42). So, Joseph had the sepulchre and
        burial, as evidenced by the large amount   Nicodemus had the spices. And the body
        of spices Nicodemus brought.  They    of the Lord Jesus was in the tomb before
        believed Christ was worthy, regardless   sundown. Everything was in place accord-
                                              ing to God’s providential plan. Christ was
        ¹¹ Note the spices at King Asa’s funeral in   not only dead but buried. God wants us
        2 Chronicles 16:14. Also, Herod the Great
        reportedly had 500 servants carrying spices at   to remember that His burial was not an
        his burial.                           insignificant detail.

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