Something Borrowed


My kids love to go to the library and, honestly, they get that from their mother. I was never much of a reader, but their mom can read a book every week. The library works out great for us because we don’t really need to keep the books once we finish them—it’s great to just borrow the book until we are done reading it and then we return it and get more. The definition of borrow is “to take and use (something that belongs to someone else) with the intention of returning it.” Jesus wasn’t buried in a tomb that belonged to His earthly family—Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb because he had the intention of returning it.

“As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.” (Matthew 27:57-61)

While the library is great for borrowing books, not all things can be borrowed. When someone sits down with some delicious food and you want some of it, you don’t ask if you can borrow a french fry. How could you return food you intend on eating? The same can be said for a casket or a grave plot: you can’t borrow these things, but Jesus could. He was buried in a borrowed tomb because He wasn’t going to be using it that long.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.