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Art meditation 5 for passion week


Descent from the cross by Rembrandt

Descent of Christ from the Cross Matthew 27:50-60

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. Matt. 27:51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. Matt. 27:52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, Matt. 27:53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

Descent from the cross by Rubens

Matt. 27:54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matt. 27:55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, Matt. 27:56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. Matt. 27:57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. Matt. 27:58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. Matt. 27:59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud Matt. 27:60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.” (Matthew 27:50–60 ESV)

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“Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. John 19:32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. John 19:33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. John 19:34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. John 19:35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. John 19:36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” John 19:37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.” John 19:38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. John 19:39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. John 19:40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. John 19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. John 19:42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.”

(John 19:31–42 ESV)

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