Thursday, January 27, 2005

Claiming the clay

"When it grew dark, a wealthy man from Arimathea arrived, whose name was Joseph. He too was one of Jesus' disciples and had gone to Pilate to request the body of Jesus. Pilate then issued an order for its release. So taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in fresh linen, and laid it in his own new tomb which had been cut out of rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away." - St. Matthew
I was thinking about an inmate in Delaware Correctional Institute whose death was announced in the News Journal a couple of days ago. Does his family have to request his body, or does the state notify a next of kin?

If Joseph of Arimathea had not requested the body of Jesus, how would it have been disposed of?

The time between the death of Jesus and the Resurrection must have been a time of shock and taking care of details. The intervening Sabbath was probably a mercy for his family, friends and disciples.

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