What Jesus Did! 'Where His Body Was Placed' — Mark 15:47

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Mary from Magdala and Mary the mother of Joses saw the place where Jesus was put.
— Mark 15:47 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:47 NLT — Mary from Magdala and Mary the mother of Joses saw the place where Jesus was put.

Key Thought

Jesus' death was assured—it was confirmed by those in authority. Jesus' burial was done by friends—Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (John 19:39) took him down off the cross, wrapped his body, and buried him—and his tomb was secured (Matt. 27:62-66). The women who had faithfully accompanied Jesus through his whole ordeal now saw his lifeless body placed in the tomb. His followers felt that all hope was gone. The full reality of Jesus' death had settled into the hearts of his followers. There are no doubts about any of the harsh realities of his life's end.

Today's Prayer

O Father, the witness of these women helps make Jesus' death and burial emotionally and factually real to me. I can only imagine their heartbreak and their deep sense of loss. However, dear Lord, this heartbreak also makes their testimony to Jesus' resurrection even more powerful. Thank you for their faithful witness which makes the anguish they bore a reason for hope and not a hopeless end. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 19:38-42
  • Luke 23:55-56
  • Mark 16:1-7

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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