The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb by Hans Holbein the Younger

“Then they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it, with the aromatic spices, in strips of linen cloth according to Jewish burial customs.  Now at the place where Jesus was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden was a new tomb where no one had yet been buried.  And so, because it was the Jewish day of preparation and  the tomb was nearby, they placed Jesus’ body there.” John 19:40-42


“For Jesus’ followers, Friday was the crucifixion, Saturday was the time of tears and uncertainty, Sunday was the resurrection.  Faith confesses that the resurrection already happened.  And yet it seems faith also leaves us in a perpetual Saturday – when the suffering (of people and thus of God) of the crucifixion stays just as near to us as the promise of resurrection.  Sunday, we believe, is coming.  But meanwhile, we are not left trying to live faithfully in this Saturday of Tears?”  Kent Annan in After Shock