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  • Writer's pictureAmyanne rigby

A Borrowed Tomb and the man who buried Jesus.

For Cali as she waits for Jesus


I have been looking for Jesus,

Before the Cross.


I pondered

His triumphal entry into Jerusalem

On a Donkey,

Marking Palm Sunday--

I have shouted

Hosanna,

My plea to God to save.



I imagined him cleansing the temple.


I journeyed to the Mount

As he tutored the crowds.


Wednesday? I wondered what he did.


I watched him

Bathe his disciples'

Feet,

Break bread,

Pour wine.

Remembering,

In Gethsemane,

He suffered and bled,

In holy anguish.

Betrayed,

Thirty pieces of silver,

Taken to trial-

Condemned


On Good Friday,

He carried a cross,

Wore a crown of thorns,

To Calvary amongst criminals,

Nailed- he hung

Until the ninth hour.

The last breath.

A Garden tomb.


Saturday, they waited

The waiting was hard

It is always hard.

I have waited.

He came.

He always comes.


Hallelujah- he lives

I look for Jesus

after the cross.

He will come,

He always comes.



The Story of the Garden Tomb- It was a text message from my son Seleck that gave life to the many thoughts of my heart these past few weeks as I intentionally celebrated Holy week and prepared for General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

These were his words, "Call me I have something very important to talk to you about."


His findings: He traced my paternal Weaver line to Joseph of Arimathea- the wealthy, member of the Sanhedrin who took no part in the condemnation of Jesus but rather secretly followed him as a disciple. Joseph asked Pilate for Jesus's body and buried it in his own tomb. After the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, Joseph of Armiathea went to Wales bringing with him Christianity.


I wonder, would I have done the same? Would I have asked for his body, buried it in my tomb, and then have left my homeland to take his message to another land, another people?


It has been over 2,000 years since the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I will bury his teachings in my heart. I will roll aside the stone and shout Hosanna, Hallelujah. I will wait the second time. The Waiting is hard, it is always hard, but he will come - he always does!


What are you waiting for?

Forgiveness

A miracle,

strength,

peace,

comfort,

healing?


I think of my daughter who longs for Home.

I think of my dear friend and mentor who embodies all things Jesus who is not quite ready to go Home.

I think of the two grandbabies who are waiting to come to their new Home.

I think of my son who isn't quite sure where HOME is.

I think of my youngest son who wants to tell everyone about their Real Home.

But I know in all this waiting

He will say Welcome Home.



Here is a record of my research - it was a rabbit hole!


Humphrey Weaver ap Ieuan (about 1272-1303) was the first to bear the Wever name. He married Joyce Verch Llewllyn Jenkin (1273-1375) in Herforshire, England, United Kingdom in 1297. Humprhey died at Catesly Butten Bridge Elliots. His first name may have come from the Bohuns, a celebrated family of Norman lords, who flourished at that time and who had at least five generations in succession named Humphrey. (Collins, Lori, FamilySearch)


It is by following this line that the Weaver line descends from St. Joseph Ben Matthat of Arimathea (about 0041 BC Arimathaea, Ramathaim, Zophim, now Israel- 0045 death). Joseph's father Matthat ben Levi was born on the West Plank of Palestine in0080 BC. He died in Jerusalem, Israel (killed by the ordr of Herod the Great for sedition). Joseph was the father of Anna I Enygeus "The Prophetess" Anna was born in Arimethea, Judea, Tolima, Roman Empire, but died in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. Ancient Welsh tradition states the Anna was the "cousin" of "The Virgin Mary." It is from her son King Beli Ap Bran of Britain to which the Weaver line can trace its roots.

Joseph of Arimathea was a member of the Sandhedrin, a rich and faithful Israelite who took no part in the condemnation of our Lord, and after the crucifixion buried His body (Matt: 27:57, Marl 15:43, Luke 23:50) See John 19:18

The Sandedrin was the Jewish Senate and hightest native court in both civil and ecclesiastical matters. Under the presidency of the high priest it regulated the whole internal affairs of the Jewish nation.



What the Bible says about Joseph of Arimathea


When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Matthew 27:57-60


When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.

Mark 15:42-64


Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. Luke 23:50-53


After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body.


Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

John 19:38-42


John 19:38-42

The legends of Joseph of Arimathea (BBC Website, The Passion)

But there's much more to Joseph of Arimathea than is found in the gospels. A whole host of other stories have grown up around him...

  • He was the first person to bring Christianity to Britain, having been sent with other disciples by St Philip

  • He built Britain's first church (some say this was actually the first church in the world)

  • He was Mary's uncle, and thus Jesus' great-uncle

  • He was a merchant who visited England to buy Cornish tin

  • He took Jesus with him to England when Jesus was a teenager (local legends say that among the places they visited were St Just in Roseland and St Michael's Mount)

  • He brought to England two vials containing the blood and sweat of Jesus (or two vials containing the sweat of Jesus)

  • He brought the Holy Grail to England and hid it in a well at Glastonbury, now called the Chalice Well


The Passion Narrative (the portions of the Gospels that tell of the Last Supper, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus) are often read in church during Holy Week. More Narrative follows his model Mark in basic outline and content. But Matthew's narrative more carefully binds the passion and death of Jesus the Messiah.


Old Testament prophecy Tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Many Christians[5] interpret Joseph's role as fulfilling Isaiah's prediction that the grave of the "Suffering Servant" would be with a rich man (Isaiah 53:9), assuming that Isaiah was referring to the Messiah. The prophecy in Isaiah chapter 53 is known as the "Man of Sorrows" passage:

A little more if you are interested.


Joseph's  last mission was back in Wales and Britain, where he became the “Apostle to the British” and the founder of the British Culdee Ecclesia. 


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