NICODEMUS OWNED THE SEPULCHER,
NOT JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA©
ARISTEO CANLAS FERNANDO
Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit
A sepulcher is defined by Webster’s Third New International Dictionary as ‘a place for the interment of a dead body: grave, tomb’. The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia states under ‘cemetery’ that ‘in ancient times, the cemetery usually consisted of a series of vaults in natural caves, royalty having burial places separate from those of the ordinary people’. The sepulcher where Jesus was buried is stated in John 19:41, to wit: ‘Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man yet laid.’ The sepulcher where Jesus was laid was hewn out of the rock and a stone was rolled to the door of the sepulcher.
Who were present when Jesus was buried? According to the Holy Spirit we talk to, there were seven people present. They were:
- Mary, the mother of Jesus (John 19:25, 26)
- John, the second cousin of Jesus and His beloved disciple (John 19:27)
- Joseph of Arimathea (Matthew 27:57-60; Mark 15:43-46; Luke 23:50-53; John 19:38)
- Nicodemus (John 19:39)
- Mary Magdalene (Matthew 27:56, 61; Mark 15:40, 47; John 19:25)
- Mary, the mother of James the less and of Joses (Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40, 47)
- Mary, the Samaritan woman, the other Mary (Matthew 27:61)
The apostles of Jesus were not present because they could not bear to see the suffering of their Master.
According to the Holy Spirit, Mary was a common name then. He told us that the name of the Samaritan woman was Mary. She is one of the women who ‘followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him’. (Matthew 27:55; Mark 15:41; Luke 23:49)
Nicodemus “brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pound weight’. (John 19:39) It was a costly offering.
Matthew 27:60 says that Joseph of Arimathea own the tomb but he was not. The Holy Spirit told us that Nicodemus owned the tomb. It is logical to believe the Holy Spirit because Nicodemus was from Jerusalem. He was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. He was a rich person to offer such a costly offering and could afford to buy such a sepulcher.
Joseph was not residing in Jerusalem but in Arimathea so he won’t be buying a sepulcher there. Arimathea is generally considered to be the modern Rentis, about 35 km NW of Jerusalem or a day’s walk away. After Jesus was laid, he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed. (Matthew 27:60)
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