Mat 27:57 And when it was evening, there came a rich man of Ramath, whose name was a Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus.
Mat 27:58 This man went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And Pilate directed the body to be given him.
Mat 27:59 And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a winding-sheet of clean linen;
Mat 27:60 and laid it in his new sepulchre, that was excavated in a rock. And he rolled a great stone against the door of the sepulchre, and departed:
Mat 27:63 and said to him: Our Lord, we remember that this deceiver said, while he was alive, After three days, I shall arise
Mat 27:64 Command, therefore to guard the sepulchre; until the third day; lest his disciples come and steal him away by night, and say to the people that he hath risen from the dead; and the last delusion be worse than the first.
Mat 27:65 Pilate said to them: Ye have soldiers: go and guard it, as ye know how.
Mat 27:66 And they went and set a guard to the sepulchre, and sealed the stone.
After the death of Jesus, His body was laid in the tomb of one Joseph of Arimathea. By today’s requirements Joseph was a millionaire. So much for the social gospel which poo poos wealth and calls for its redistribution. Maybe it was that because Joseph was independently rich he had an extra tomb at hand for Jesus to be laid in. God bless the wealthy.
We noticed that a great stone was rolled to the mouth of the tomb and the stone was sealed. The purpose of a wax seal retained on the stone, was that if it was slightly moved, the seal would break. So much was Jerusalem’s fear that Jesus disciples would steal his body, that if the seal were found broken, the Roman guards positioned at the tomb would be summarily executed.
The stone at the tomb closed off the body of Jesus to any influence or help from the world. God did the work of resurrection just by Himself, and so He does with you.
The stone at the tomb hermetically sealed off the sin of this world from tampering with the Jesus who would be resurrected.
Christian, today you are with Jesus. What occurred to Him happened to you. At the moment of your born again experience, God placed a great stone at the mouth of your tomb. Everything that you were, all the pain that you had, and all the scars from you past are hermetically sealed from affecting you anymore. The work of resurrection creates a pain free man or woman of God because your past has been shut out by that great stone at the mouth of your tomb.
Now that God has put the stone sealing you off from your past, ask Him to show you all things which have been sealed off from you. It’s time to be raised up in the incorruption, power, and glory of the painless new man or woman in Christ and forget the past which has been sealed off by the great stone at the mouth of your tomb.