And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected memberof the Council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courageand went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
Those who saw Yeshu’s dead body on the cross included a member of the Council who wanted for him the Jewish honour of proper burial; it was an expensive tomb.
Another person was the centurion, the one who was so impressed by the manner of Yeshu’s death.
And, keeping their distance out of fear and in accord with Jewish convention, were the women who watched so that they could return at the right time and fulfill the custom of embalming the dead. Read on to discover the surprise that awaited them.