His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Isaiah 53:9 NASB
He was crucified between two thieves, and then buried in the grave of a rich man.
It interests me that rich and wicked are contrasted here.
In our day the rich are by default the wicked in most of our minds and hearts.
Not on Calvary.
That old rugged cross stood between two men convinced of their wickedness in a court, and even then – even at deaths door – one of those wicked would walk with Him again in paradise.
Much like this wicked man. I stand convinced of my wickedness as I see the Son of Glory walking this lonely road.
The tomb – only borrowed for a long weekend was given freely by a rich friend of the Master. We don’t know much about Joseph of Arimathea save that he gave the Lord a cave and paid for an honorable burial.
It wasn’t Peter or John who negotiated for the body of Christ, it was this rich man.
Rich and Wicked – who am I to judge?