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by Regina Fancy (2019-11-30)

This world is your playground. If you think of it in Individualogist Review terms of a board game then imagine that it is your turn to be YOU. What will you do with all the capabilities and characteristics that you possess? Do it. Or do nothing. No one is timing you. No one is watching you. No one is judging you. You are your only judge. Make the judgment that your life is already great and your evolution is happening in perfect timing.Does this verse sound simply serene, or is it just my ear that hears that? Indeed, it's the picture of silent splendour we literally feel as verses thirty-eight through forty-two are read as a symphony to eternal royalty. The achieved will of God is now celebrated in the laying of Jesus in this fresh tomb. A Tomb, Not a GraveIt is not a grave. I recall my Greek lecturer at seminary, Dr. Richard Moore, stressing that. It was a "rock-hewn tomb" more like a cave (Luke 23:53).Jesus' body did not meet the destiny of the common criminal - those crucified characteristically were left to be devoured by the vultures or they were placed in common graves. Not Jesus!There is perhaps a hidden interplay (one that John doesn't reveal) here between Joseph of Arimathea and Pilate, and certainly empathy that Jesus didn't deserve to die a criminal's death.Another Sanhedrin Disciple 'Anoints' Jesus' BodyAdded to Joseph of Arimathea is Nicodemus - a secret admirer of Jesus' all along; a fascinating snippet the Fourth Gospel reveals (John 3:1-15; 7:50-51; 12:42).Both 'disciples' make their allegiance public at the declaration of the tomb and adornment of Jesus' body in spices; a matter of great courage for both men. They risked great shame in doing that and perhaps reveal a counter-intuitive twist - Pharisees that aid Jesus first after the crucifixion when his own disciples were still nowhere to be found.