Rev. Zelwyn Heide, pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hannover, ND and Zion Lutheran Church in New Salem, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Matthew 27:57-66.
Although Jesus’ burial is sometimes neglected in preaching, it is a key event in the Lord’s work for our salvation. Jesus’ burial shows that He is, in fact, dead, and His third day resurrection is not a farce. Jesus’ burial fulfills Scripture, an important theme in the Gospel of Matthew. Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man who is a disciple of Jesus, shows kindness to the Lord by providing for His burial. He is given the burial of a rich man in a new tomb, preaching the importance of Jesus’ death for sinners. Matthew anticipates Jesus’ resurrection already, as the women stand by as witnesses to the events of Good Friday. On the next day, the Sabbath, the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and chief priests is shown. Though they should have been at rest, they are at work before Pilate yet again, attempting to thwart Jesus yet again. They know what He has said, yet they don’t believe Him. They do all that they know to make Jesus’ tomb secure, yet nothing will stop the one true God from fulfilling His promise of resurrection for sinners on the third day.
“All Righteousness Fulfilled” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that digs into the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The first evangelist proclaims Jesus to Jews and Gentiles alike as the fulfillment of God’s saving words and acts throughout the Old Testament. As the Christ in the line of David and Abraham, Jesus is the promised King who comes to bring sinners from every nation to live under His gracious reign.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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Jesus Is Buried
57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
The Guard at the Tomb
62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard[a] of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
- Matthew 27:65 Or Take a guard
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