57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 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. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
In order for Jesus to be truly resurrected, he needed to be fully dead and buried. Joseph of Arimathea honoured Jesus with a respectable burial and the women went to the tomb the next day to wait and watch.
What were they waiting and watching for?
What does it mean to you that Jesus was truly dead?
Do you believe that there is life after death?
Find a small rock. Touch this rock and feel its weight. Think of the heaviness that those who loved Jesus must have felt when Jesus was dead, gone and buried.
What do you think was going through their heads?
Now take this same rock and think of the stone that sealed Jesus’ tomb – one side faced death and one saw the hope as he would be resurrected to life.
What brings you hope?
Paint or draw a hope message on your rock. Place it some where you want to share hope.