Daily Worship

The Tomb

March 03, 2013 0

John 19 v 38-42

John 19 v 38-42

After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Genesis 3 v 8

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze,


​The tomb was in a garden

The end is in the beginning

And the beginning is in the end

And every attempt to thwart the will and purpose of God

To bury it

To dispose of it

To ossify it

Is defeated.

As Jesus is laid into the bosom of creation

And God breathes new life again.

The Creator God

Who creates still

Who pushes and pulls



Time itself

into shapes we cannot understand

even when we glimpse them

received the body of his son back into himself

and their eyes meet

and they smile


The tomb was in a garden

Where in the evening God walked at the time of the evening breeze

And the end is in the beginning

And the beginning is in the end.



written by Alec Shuttleworth