Saturday, April 5, 2014

He was Assigned a Grave with the Wicked

Isaiah, who worked as a prophet from 740 B.C. to at least 681 B.C., wrote prophetically of the Messiah. In Isaiah 53:9, he tells us:

"He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth."

This prophecy was fulfilled as the rich man, Joseph of Arimathea, kindly donated his own grave and obtained the body of the Lord Jesus Christ, then placed the Lord in his own grave.

Remember that death is the ultimate consequence of sin. (See the March 19 post, "The Prophecy in the Crown of Thorns.") Only the wicked—meaning those who sin—die. Without sin, there is no consequence of death. Jesus was sinless. He shouldn't have died. He died because he took upon himself the sin of the whole world. (Tweet that!)

The sinless, holy Messiah was laid in a cemetery along with other dead bodies, those of the "wicked" who had died because of their sin. And so Isaiah's prophecy was fulfilled. (Tweet that!)

"As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 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. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb" (Matthew 27:57-61).

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