“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Suffering And Glory of The Servant

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“There is a Balm in Gilead” sung by Karen Clark Shear.  Jeremiah 8:22, Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?  why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?  KJV

Nelson’s Bible commentary – v22 Is there no balm in Gilead:  The region of Gilead was known for its balsam ointment (Genesis 37:25).  There is no healing for a people intent on rebelling against God.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v22 The blood of Christ is balm in Gilead, His Spirit is the Physician there, all-sufficient:  so that the people may be healed, but will not.  Thus men die unpardoned and unchanged, for they will not come to Christ to be saved. 

And again I share with you, “There Is Room At The Cross For You”, Grace Larson, Billy Pollard, Rev. Clay Evans (Original Version).  “Jesus, What A Wonder You Are”, Juanita Bynum 

HE AROSE! drolas94.  He arose, He arose, He arose from the dead!   

“Jesus Reinstates Peter”, John 21:15) So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these?  He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee.  He saith unto him, feed My lambs.  16) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest Thou Me?  He saith unto Him yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee.  He saith unto him, feed My sheep.  17) He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?  Peter was grieved because He said unto him the third time, Lovest thou Me?  And he said unto Him, Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee.  Jesus saith unto him, Feed My sheep.  18) Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest:  but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee wither thou wouldest not.  19) This spake He, signifying by what death he should glorify God.  And when He had spoken this, He saith unto him, Follow me.  Philippians 1:20′ 2Peter 1:14.  20) Then Peter, turning about seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on His breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee (v13:25)?  21) Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?  22) Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee, follow thou Me.  Revelations 2:25; Deuteronomy 29:29.  23) Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die:  yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?  24) This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things:  and we now that his testimony is true.  25) And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.  Amos 7:10.  Amen.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v15-19 Our Lord addressed Peter by his original name, as if he had forfeited that of Peter through his denying Him.  He now answered, Thou knowest that I love Thee; but without professing to love Jesus more than others.  We must not be surprised to have our sincerity called into question, when we ourselves have done that which makes it doubtful.  Every remembrance of past sins, even pardoned sins, renews the sorrow of a true penitent.  Conscious of integrity, Peter solemnly appealed to Christ, as knowing all things, even the secrets of his heart.  It is well when our falls and mistakes make us more humble and watchful.  The sincerity of our love to God must be brought to the test; and it behooves us to inquire with earnest, preserving prayer to the heart-searching God, to examine and prove us, whether we are able to stand this test.  No one can be qualified to feed the sheep and lambs of Christ, who does not love the Good Shepherd more than any earthly advantage or object.  It is the great concern of every good man, whatever death he dies, to glorify God in it; for what is our chief end but this, to die to the Lord, at the Word of the Lord.  v20-24 Sufferings, pains, and death; will appear formidable even to the experienced Christian; but in the hope to glorify God, to leave a sinful world, and to be present with his Lord, a believer becomes ready to obey the Redeemer’s call, and to follow Him through death to glory.   It is the will of Christ that His disciples should mind their own duty and not be curious about future events, either as to themselves or others.  Many curious questions are put about the counsels of God, and the state of the unseen world, as to which we may say, What is this to us?  And if we attend to the duty of following Christ, we shall find neither heart nor time to meddle with that which does not belong to us.  Scripture language is the safest channel for Scripture truth; the words which the Holy Ghost teaches, for it is light, 1 Corinthians 2:13, and may we agree to love one another.  v25 Only a small part of the actions of Jesus had been written.  But let us bless God for all that is in the Scriptures, and be thankful that there is so much in so small a space.  Amen.

More to come and God Bless You.      



“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Jesus And The Miraculous Catch Of Fish

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Jesus And The Miraculous Catch Of Fish, John 21:1) After these things Jesus shewed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed He Himself. 2) There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of His disciples. Matthew 3:21. 3) Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. 4) But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. 5) Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered Him, No. 6) And He said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Luke 5:4,6,7. 7) Therefore, that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. 8) And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. 9) As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. 1Kings 19:6; Mark 8:3-9. 10) Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. 11) Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. 12) Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask Him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Acts 10:41. 13) Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. 14) This is now the third time that Jesus shewed Himself to His disciples, after that He was risen from the dead.

Nelson’s CC – v1 John the author of this Gospel; was one of the sons of Zebedee.

Quest Study Bible – v12 Jesus’ post-resurrection body may have been slightly different in appearance. Neither Mary Magdalene (20:10-18) nor the disciples on the way to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) recognized Him immediately. In this case as soon as they began talking with Him, all doubts were removed from their minds.

Matthew Henry’s CC – v1-14 Christ makes Himself known to His people. usually in His ordinances; but sometimes by His Spirit He visits them when employed in their business. It is good for the disciple of Christ to be together in common conversation, and common business. The hour for their entering action was not come. They would help to maintain themselves and not be burdensome to any. Christ’s time of making Himself known to His people, is when they are most at a loss. Divine Providence (God’s provision) extends itself to things most minute and those are happy that who acknowledge God in all their ways. Those who are humble, diligent, and patient, though their labors may be crossed, shall be crowned; they sometimes live to see their affairs take a happy turn, after many struggles. And there is nothing lost by observing Christ’s orders; it is casting the net on the right side of the ship. Jesus manifests Himself to His people by doing for them what no one else can do, and by doing things which they looked not for. He would take care that those who left all for Him, should not want any good thing. He who Jesus loved was the first that said, It is the Lord. John had cleaved most closely to his Master in His Sufferings and knew Him soonest. Peter was the most zealous, and reached Him first. What differences there may be between some believers and others in the way of their honouring Christ, yet all may be accepted by Him! The Lord Jesus had provision ready for them. Although there were so many and such great fishes, yet they lost none, nor damaged their net. The net of the Gospel has enclosed multitudes, yet it is as strong as ever to bring souls to Christ. Amen.        

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker/Jesus Appears To Thomas

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus 

“Jesus Appears To Thomas”, John 20:24) But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  25) The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord.  But he said unto them, Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.   26) And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them:  then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.  Micah 5:5.  27) Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:  and be not faithless, but believing.  1John 1:1.  28) And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God.  Psalms 73:25, 26; 1Timothy 1:17.   29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:  blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.  2Corinthians 5:7.  30) And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book.  31) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His Name.  1 Peter 1:9. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v24-25 The disciples of Christ should endeavor to build up one another in their most Holy faith, both by repeating what they have heard to those that were absent, and by making known what they have experienced.  Thomas limited the Holy One of Israel.  When he asked to be convinced by his own method or not at all.  He might justly have been left in his unbelief, after rejecting such abundant proofs.  The fears and sorrows of the disciples are often lengthened, to punish their negligence.

v26-28 That one day in seven should be religiously observed, was an appointment from the beginning.  And that, in the kingdom of the Messiah, the first day of the week should be that solemn day, was pointed out, in that Christ on that day once and again met His disciples in a religious assembly.  The religious observance of that day has come down to us through every age of the church.  There is not an unbelieving word in our tongues, nor thought in our minds, but it is known to the Lord Jesus, and He was pleased to accommodate Himself even to Thomas, rather than leave him in his unbelief.   We ought thus to bear with the weak.  Romans 15: 1,2.  This warning is given to us all.  If we are faithless, we are Christ less and graceless (His Blessings), hopeless and joyless.  Thomas was ashamed of his unbelief and cried out, My Lord and my God.  He spoke with affection, as one that took hold of Christ with all his might:  “My Lord and my God.”  It is the duty of those who read and hear the gospel, to believe, to embrace the doctrine of Christ and that record concerning Him.  1John 5:11.
Nelson’s Compact Commentary – v29 Those who have not seen….includes all who believe in Christ since His Ascension to the Father. 1Peter 1:8,9.

v30-31 There were other signs and proofs of our Lord’s Resurrection, but these were committed to writing, that all might believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the Saviour of sinners, and the Son of God; that, by this faith, they might obtain eternal life, by His mercy (kindness), truth and power.  May we believe that Jesus is the Christ , the chosen One of the Father in Heaven, and believing may we have life through His Name.  Amen.       

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Jesus Appears To The Disciples

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Jesus Appears To The Disciples”, John 20:19) Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  Mark 16:14; Luke 24:36.  20) And when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and His side.  Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.  1John 1:1.  21) Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you:  as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.  Hebrews 3:1; 2Timothy 2:2.  22) And when He had said this, He Breathed on them, and saith unto them, receive ye the Holy Ghost:  23) Whose  soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose so ever sins ye retain, they are retained.  Acts 2:38. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v19-22 The disciples had shut the doors for fear of the Jews; and when they had no such expectation, miraculously, Jesus Himself came and stood in the midst of them. When He manifests His love to believers by the comforts of His Spirit; He assures them that because He lives, they shall live also. A sight of Christ will gladden the heart of a disciple at any time, and the more we see of Jesus , the more we shall rejoice.

Nelson’s Compact Commentary – v19, 20 Jesus came and stood in the midst……..  Christ’s appearance was miraculous, because the doors were shut.  Jesus, as God, could perform a variety of miracles without requiring a change in His humanity.  Here Christ’s body was a physical body, the same body in which He died and was buried.  The difference is that His flesh had been changed to take on immortality and incorruptibility (1Corinthians 15:53). 21) As…..indicates that the disciples were commissioned to carry on Christ’s work, not to begin a new one.  22) Receive the Holy Ghost…….The ministry to which Jesus called the Disciples (v21, Matthew 28:16-2; Luke 24:47-49) requires spiritual power.  Here Jesus breathed the Spirit into the disciples.  At Pentecost the Spirit unified the Believers into one body and empowered them to testify of Jesus (1Corinthians 12:13).  v23 If you forgive…….The Apostles knew that only God could forgive sins (Mark 2:7).  Jesus was speaking of the responsibility of the Church to declare the gospel to all the world, so those who believe in Jesus can find the precious gift of forgiveness (Matthew 16:19).            

Quest Study Bible – Can Christians forgive others’ sins? (20:23).  The scriptures teach that God alone can forgive sins.  So Jesus was not giving His followers the authority to pardon sin or pronounce judgment on their own.  What then did Jesus mean?  There may be a clue in the Old Testament concept of the things a prophet did.  A prophet was said to have accomplished things he actually only reported.  When he declared something done (Jeremiah 1:10) it was as though he had done it himself.  Jesus gave to the disciples, led by the Holy Spirit (v22), the authority to declare what God had already done when someone trusts in Christ.  When you forgive anyone’s sins, He seems to be saying, they have already been forgiven, when you announce they are not forgiven (for failing to trust in Christ), they have not been forgiven.  Anyone involved in sharing the gospel with others has the authority in Christ’s name to announce a person’s sins forgiven or not forgiven, depending on their response to the Gospel Message.  Amen.

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Jesus Appears To Mary Magdalene

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

<p>”Jesus Appears To Mary Magdalene”, John 20:10) Then the disciples went away unto their own home. 11) But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher. 12) And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the Body of Jesus had lain. 13) And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him. 14) And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Luke 24:16, 31. 15) Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom sleekest thou? She, supposing Him to be the gardener, saith unto Him, Sir, if thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away. 16) Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, Rabboni, which is to say, Master. Matthew 23:8. 17) Jesus saith unto her, Touch Me Not, for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God and your God. 1Peter 1:3. 18) Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things unto her.    

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v11-18 We are likely to seek and find, when we seek with affection, and seek in tears.  But many Believers complain of the clouds and darkness they are under, which are methods of grace for humbling their souls, mortifying their sins, and endearing Christ to them.  A sight of angels and their smiles, will not suffice, without a sight of Jesus, and God’s smiles in Him.  None know, but those who have tasted it, the sorrows of a deserted soul which has had comfortable evidences of the love of God in Christ and hopes of Heaven, but has now lost them and walks in darkness, such a wounded spirit who can bear?  Christ, in manifesting Himself to those that seek Him; often outdoes their expectations.  See how Mary’s heart was in earnest to find Jesus.  Christ’s way of making Himself known to His people is by His Word; His Word applied to their souls, speaking to them in particular.  Master.  See with what pleasure those who love Jesus speak of His Authority over them.  He forbids her to dote upon His bodily presence.  Observe the relation to God, from union with Christ.  Inasmuch as we partake of a Divine nature, Christ’s Father is our father, and since He partakes of the human nature, our God is His God.  Christ’s Ascension into Heaven, there to plead for us, is likewise an unspeakable comfort.  Let them not think this earth is to be their home and rest:  their eye and aim, and earnest desires, must be upon another world, Heaven. 

Quest Study Bible – v17 Touch Me not …..Perhaps Jesus wanted Mary to understand the significance of His Resurrection.  From now on His physical presence would not be so important to His disciples.  But the spiritual presence, in the person of the Holy Spirit, would be. 

John Gill’s Exposition -v16 and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus;….. she saw a person, but did not know who He was, by reason of the form of His appearance, the difference of His clothes, and not expecting to see Him alive; sometimes, in a spiritual sense, Christ is with, and near His people, and they know it not: Christ, as God, is Omnipresent; He is every where, and in all places; the spiritual presence of Christ, is more or less, in some way or another, always in all His churches, and among His dear people; but the sight of Him is not always alike to them, nor does He appear to them always in the same form; nor is His grace always discovered in the same way, nor has it the same effect. v17 Jesus saith unto her, touch me not,…. Not that His Body was an aerial one, or a mere “phantom”, which could not be touched; the prohibition itself shows the contrary; and besides, Christ’s body was afterwards presented to Thomas, to be touched by him, and to be handled by all the disciples; and His feet were held by the women, which is what Mary would have now done: upon the discovery of Him, she threw herself at His feet, and was going to embrace and kiss them, to testify her affection and joy, when she is forbid; not as unworthy of the favour, because she sought Him among the dead, for which the angels reproved her and the rest; but either because He was not to be conversed with, as before His death, His body being raised immortal and glorious; or rather, because He had an errand to send her on to his disciples, which required haste; for I am not yet ascended to my Father;…… nor shall I immediately go to Him; I shall make some stay upon earth; as He did, forty days before His ascension;

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“Jesus, A Miracle Worker/The Empty Tomb

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus


“The Empty Tomb”, John 20:1) The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher.  2) Then she runneth and cometh to Simon Peter, and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid Him.  3) Peter therefore went forth and that other disciple and came to the sepulcher.  Luke 24:12.  4) So they ran both together:  and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher.  5) And he stooping down and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.  6) Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher and seeth the linen clothes lie.   7) And the napkin, that was about His Head; not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.  8) Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed.  9) For as yet they knew not the scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.  Isaiah 26:19; 1 Corinthians 15:4.  See also Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-10. 

John Gill’s Exposition – v1) The first day of the week,….. On the sixth day of the week, towards the close of it, Christ was interred; He lay in the grave all the seventh day, and on the first day of the week rose from the dead: so the women, after they had observed where the body was laid, went home and prepared spices and ointments, to anoint it; but the Sabbath coming on, they were prevented; on which they rested, according to the Jewish law: but as soon as it was over, cometh Mary Magdalene; not alone, but other women with her; who had attended Christ at the cross, observed where He was buried, and had prepared spices to anoint Him, and now came for that purpose; for not merely to see the sepulchre, and weep at the grave, did she with the rest come, but to perform this piece of funeral service:  early, when it was yet dark;……. as it was when she set out, the day just began to dawn; though by that time she got to the sepulchre, the sun was rising:  unto the sepulchre; where she saw the body of Jesus laid by Joseph, in a tomb of his, and in his garden; by whose leave, it is probable,  she with her companions were admitted:  v2) and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre:…….. which Joseph rolled there, and the Pharisees sealed and set a watch to observe it. This was removed by an angel; for though Christ Himself could easily have done it, it was proper it should be done by a messenger from heaven, by the Order of Divine Justice, who had laid Him as a prisoner there. Mary’s coming so early to the grave, shows her great love and affection to Christ, her zeal, courage, and diligence, in manifesting her respect unto him: and oftentimes so it is, that the greatest sinners, when converted, are most eminent for grace, particularly faith, love, and humility; and are most diligent in the discharge of duty.  and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved;….. John the writer of this Gospel.  and saith unto them, they have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him………  v8 ) the other disciple (John),…….. saw the tomb and the grave clothes and believed……. that Christ had been raised from the dead.  Nelson’s Bible Commentary.  v9) For as yet they did not know the scripture……..the disciples believed because of what they saw in the tomb, not because of what they knew in the Old Testament passages describing the Saviour’s Resurrection.  Luke 24:25-27.

More to come and God Bless You.


“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Death Of Jesus

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

I just listened to “The Old Rugged Cross”, performed by Johnny and June Carter Cash sung to a few thousand people.

“There Is Room At The Cross For You”, another great song. All who believe are welcomed at the cross. All sins are forgiven and there is room for everyone. Don’t worry that someone is going to take your place or your ministry for Christ has made room for all who come to Him. Praise God for His Son Jesus the Christ! Another great song “At The Cross”. “At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the Light and the burdens of my heart rolled away. It was there by faith I received my sight and now I am happy all the day!”

“The Death Of Jesus”, John 19:28) After this, Jesus Knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.  29) Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar:  and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 

30) When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished:  and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.  (It is finished: all the types and prophecies of the Old Testament, which pointed at the sufferings of the Messiah were accomplished.  It is finished:  the ceremonial law is abolished; the substance is now come, and all the shadows are done away.  It is finished:  an end is made of transgression by bringing in an everlasting righteousness.  It is finished:  the work of man’s redemption and salvation is now completed.  His life was not taken from Him by force, but freely given up.  Matthew Henry).

  31) The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for the Sabbath day was an high day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  Exodus 12:18.  32) Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with Him.  (How did breaking the legs hasten death?  The excruciating pain would bring the victim closer to death. Quest SB)  33) But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs:  34) But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.  Zechariah 13:1.  (The spear broke up the very fountains of life;  no human body could survive such a wound.  But its being so solemnly attested, shows there was something peculiar in it.  The blood and water that flowed out, signified those two great benefits which all believers partake of through Christ, justification and sanctification, blood for atonement, water for purification.  They both flow from the pierced side of our Redeemer.  Matthew Henry). 

35) And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true:  and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.  1 John 1:1.  (Who was the man that saw these things?  John was probably referring to himself, anonymously, again.  Quest SB).  36) For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of Him shall not be broken.  Numbers 9:12.  37) And again another scripture saith, They shall look on Him whom they pierced.  Revelations 1:7.

38) And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus:  and Pilate gave him leave.  He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.  Proverbs 29:25.  39) And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.  40) Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.  41) Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man yet laid.  2 Kings 23:30; Isaiah 22;16.  43) There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulcher was nigh at hand.  Isaiah 53:9.  (These two rich men showed the value they had for Christ’s Person and doctrine, and that it was not lessened by the reproach of the cross.  The grave of Jesus was appointed with the wicked, as was the case of those who suffered as criminals, but He was with the rich in His Death, as prophesied, Isaiah 53:9.  He was buried in a new sepulcher, therefore it could not be said that it was not He, but some other that rose.  (Matthew Henry).  During Christ’s life these two men apparently kept quiet about their convictions.  Now, with Jesus dead, the threat of reprisal seemed remote.  Still, to openly ask for the body required tremendous courage.  Perhaps the miraculous events accompanying Christ’s death on the cross had changed them and given them the boldness to identify with Jesus (12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.  Romans 5:18; Hebrews 2:9 ).  (Quest SB).       


More to come and God Bless You.