Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. (verses 59-60)
Easter from the view point of the disciple John with an Aussie twist;
After that hot day on the hill, the dying and the killing of dreams, we were lost. We’d left our mate to die and where were we now? Couldn’t he have one last surprise for us? Couldn’t God turn back the clock? And then when Sunday came it hit me like a ton of bricks. It wasn’t just the bloke called Jesus who died that day. It was God himself dying for us to bring new life and new hope. Not just the healing of an eye or a continual supply of beer. But life forever with God. I mean if you just remember Good Friday as a sad story, or a gross injustice you’ve missed the point. You see Jesus can change your life. Just like Mary and the blind man and the crippled shearer found. Jesus was more than an ordinary man. He is the Son of God. God works through him to make new lives and a new future and he wants you to be part of it. Yeah I know some people say Jesus is a mug. Well I reckon the only mugs are all of us who didn’t recognize who Jesus was, until he came back himself to tell us. Jesus blazing with life, living flesh and blood. What a flaming surprise.
Thank you God for coming and dying to save me through the sacrifice of Jesus. Amen.
An excerpt from ‘A Bloke Called Jesus’ from www.messagesofhope.org.au, where you can read and listen to the full message.