Friday, March 30, 2018

A burial fit for the king of a new creation

Morning: Psalms 95, 22; Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33; I Peter 1:10-20
Evening: Psalms 40:1-14, Psalm 54; John 19:38-42

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, secret disciples, spare no expense for Jesus’s burial.  100 pounds of spices is 100 times the amount people grumble that Mary so extravagantly uses on Jesus’s feet at Bethany.  Now, in death, this is a quantity of myrrh and aloes fit for a king.  In other words, John is saying, if ever Israel had a king, it is Jesus.  Furthermore, now he will lie through the 7th day (the Sabbath).  Creation took 6 days, followed by the Sabbath rest. But Jesus will rise to be king of the 8th day … a new creation.

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