Mt. 27:57-66; Mk. 15:42-47; Lk. 23:50-56; Jn. 19:38-42
In an ironic turn of events, the apostles of Jesus were nowhere around, but two members of the Sanhedrin, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus cared for His dead body. Both of these men had been secret followers of Christ for fear of the other Jews.
Joseph went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. After checking with the centurion and learning that Jesus was dead, Pilate gave Joseph permission to take His body.
Nicodemus brought a mixture of about a hundred pounds of myrrh and aloes. Myrrh was a type of resin and aloes was pulverized wood. This mixture was wrapped in the folds of linen cloth to partially embalm the body.
Jesus’ body was laid in a new tomb that Joseph had hewn out of the rock in a nearby garden. The tomb was secured by a stone, which was rolled against the door.
Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses had come from Galilee to be with Jesus. They observed His burial and left to prepare spices to finish anointing (embalming) the body early on the first day of the week. Since the Sabbath was approaching, they did not finish their work, but they rested according to the commandment in the Law of Moses.
The chief priests and Pharisees made a final request of Pilate. “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”
Pilate granted their request and told them to “make it as secure as you know how.” A guard was placed and the stone was sealed to prevent tampering from the outside.