RICH MAN’S TOMB
And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
What an amazingly precise and accurate prophesy. This prophetic word was given by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before Christ. In this passage he described various aspects of Christ’s death, here we see the strange observation describing His involvement with the wicked and the rich at His death. He was crucified as a criminal among criminals yet He was buried in a rich man’s tomb. Actually, one of the Pharisees, Joseph of Arimathea, acquired His body from Pilate and had Him buried in his own tomb. This wealthy Pharisee was actually a believer in Christ and made a public stand by taking care of the body of Jesus Christ. Albert Barnes spoke of this prophesy in his comments on this verse.
“The exact fulfillment of this may be seen in the account which is given of the manner of the burial of the Savior by Joseph of Arimathea (Mat 27:57-60. Joseph was a rich man. He took the body, and wound it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, a tomb hewn out of a rock – that is, a grave designed for himself; such as a rich man would use, and where it was designed that a rich man should be laid. He was buried with spices Joh 19:39-40; embalmed with a large quantity of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pound weight, in the mode in which the rich were usually interred. How different this from the interment of malefactors! How different from the way in which he would have been buried if he had been interred with them as it had been designed! And how very striking and minutely accurate this prophecy in circumstances which could not possibly have been the result of conjecture! How could a pretended prophet, seven hundred years before the event occurred, conjecture of one who was to be executed as a malefactor, and with malefactors, and who would in the ordinary course of events be buried with malefactors, conjecture that he would be rescued from such an ignominious burial by the interposition of a rich man, and buried in a grave designed for a man of affluence, and in the manner in which the wealthy are buried?”
I am always amazed at the detail of the prophesies concerning Christ. The Lord goes to such measures to build our faith and to show how He is involved in every detail in life. I am certain that one of the reasons this word about a rich man’s tomb was to bring encouragement to Joseph himself. As a Pharisee, he was facing incredible pressure to reject Christ. Seeing himself in this scripture meant everything to him. This word could have given him the courage to make his stand. As we reflect on the death and RESURRECTION of Jesus remember, these are not just generic events, He had you specifically in mind at Calvary. After all, He bore your sins in His body on the cross and by His wounds you are healed.