by Jerry Watts

A Trip to the Tomb
Jerry Watts
Mark 16:1-7

We are a 'traveling people.' This means we like to take trips. After living here for over 7 years and having lived on the coast for 13, I find it almost humorous about the destinations which are appealing. Those on the coast seem to love the mountains. Those around here (with the mountains so close) love to go to the beach.

This morning let's take a 'trip' of sorts to the tomb of Jesus. On crucifixion day, Jesus was mercilessly and barbarously killed. A rich man named Joseph asked for and given the right to bury Jesus. Surprisingly to some, Nicodemus (of John 3), assisted Joseph in the burial and from scripture several of the women (I.E. Mary Magdalene, Mary-mother of Joses, etc) followed, watched, and made sure they knew where Jesus was buried. Scripture tells us that because of the upcoming ''Sabbaths'' they could not do all they wanted in preparation of His burial, so they quickly buried Him and planned to return after the Sabbath to finish.

Consider what they must have felt as they walked away from the tomb and lay their heads down to sleep knowing their loved one was not done right. I suggest their spirits must have been low. Jesus, the one they loved, listened to, and learned from; the one who had brought them so much hope was now dead and not properly buried.

Have you noticed the time lapse in the Bible between crucifixion day and resurrection day? Passover was a high and holy time. It was when the nation remembered God's death angel passing over their ancestors while exacting judgment on the Egyptians. It was a celebration, a party, and NOTHING IS WRITTEN in scripture about that particular Passover. Know why?

Because no span of time, no holiday, and no life, is worth anything without Jesus. Jesus was in the tomb - and for His friends all seemed lost. The only mention of this time was when the Romans Rulers and Soldiers sealed the tomb to make sure it wasn't disturbed.

Personally, I've often ...

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