READ: Luke 23:50-56

50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, 51 but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. 52 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock. 54 This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.


  • How do you think Joseph of Arimathea felt giving over his family tomb to Jesus?
  • How do you think Jesus’ followers felt seeing him die?
  • While Jesus had openly stated that he would rise from the dead, many were unsure or did not understand.  How do you prepare to remember and celebrate the death / burial of Jesus knowing the resurrection is coming?

RESPOND: Take a walk as a family and share how you think Mary and the women felt as they were walking to the tomb to help prepare Jesus’ body for burial?  Pray for your neighbors who may not know the good news that Jesus rose from the dead.

*Prepare to wake up a little early tomorrow to watch the sunrise.  Think about the beauty, hope, and joy that sunrise brings and the beauty, hope, and joy we have because Jesus is alive!

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