Chapter 7 - Luke 23:52 - “He went to Pilatus and asked him for the dead Body of Jesus.“
Written down through Jacob Lorber on January 2nd, 1844
1. Again, you have the free choice to quote such a central sun from the book of life; therefore, choose a text!
2. "He went to Pilatus and asked him for the Body of Jesus."
3. You would have the text; but I cannot help you, if you just choose exacly those texts, which are a perfect match for our cause!
4. Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate and asked for the Lord's Body, which was also given to him by Pilate.
5. Joseph of Arimathea was a friend of Nicodemus and he did this more in his friend's good name than in his own. Because Nicodemus was a big secret admirer of Christ, but he did not dare to undertake something like that openly, because of a certain fear of the chief priests and pharisees. Therefore, he transferred that to his friend, who was also a great friend of Christ, but in complete secrecy. - This short prognostication is necessary in order to grasp the following more clearly.
6. But how does this text and this little incident fit in with our cause anyway?
7. Imagine 'Nicodemus' as being the hidden love for The Lord; and imagine 'Joseph of Arimathea' as the the Faith in the Lord!
8. What is the faith in relation to the love? - It is its assistant! So Joseph of Arimathea was also an assistant of Nicodemus, who secretly loved the Lord.
9. What did the Faith demand of Pilate? - He demanded the Body of the Lord, wrapped him in white linen after he had taken him down from the cross, after anointing the body with delicious spices, and then laid him in a fresh rock grave in the garden, a grave in which nobody has ever lain before.
10. What do all these things refer to? - All this refers to the curiosity of the faith in its satisfaction. This in and of itself noble curiosity examines everything possible to find a living satisfaction.
11. She (Curiosity) goes to Pilate and asks for permission; which means as much as... Such curiosity goes to the world and searches for everything possible, that could serve as confirmation of the Truth.
12. When she has received everything she was looking for from the world, then she turns to the Crucified, but how? She wants to put all the words and explanations into the bright light to free them from the mysterious and apparent contradictions, which occur in the Holy Scripture.
13. This is also enough for her; she has freed the body properly from the cross, which in its shape portrays a contradiction. But what has this noble curiosity now in front of herself? - Behold, a dead body, in which is no life anymore!
14. This noble curiosity does also realize that; but she is nevertheless delighted within herself over this happy liberation from the cross. She anoints the body with delicious spices, wraps him in white linen and then puts him into a new grave, in which nobody has ever lain before.
15. What does this mean? - Through such illumination of the Word in the Holy Scripture will the Divinity infallibly be visible and is therefore also well respected and highly honored. This is the anointing. More often than not someone expresses himself in the loftiest expressions about the Dignity and Divine Authority of the Holy Scripture; but all of that is the anointing of the Body.
16. The person with this noble curiosity wraps such discerned Truth with the highest and purest Esteem. - He cringes on account of the size of the Wisdom in this Book; and this is nothing else than the wrapping of the body in white linen. How innocent and pure such linen in itself are, so is an equal humble understanding; but the Body, the ointment, and the linen are not alive and also give no life.
17. But this body will now be put into a new grave. What is that? - The perceptions, which man made his own on account of his noble curiosity, bring him no life and no living conviction; therefore he sums it all together and puts it into the grave of his deeper intellect, and puts a stone on top of it, which means, he puts a very heavy doubt on all these pure and discerned truths; because he says... "All these solutions to the hidden mysteries in the Scripture sound very well; but they still don't provide the vivid conviction!"
18. And now look, this is the literal state of each big reader! No matter how well he understands what he reads, from the nature sense to even the innermost spiritual sense; but if he wants an actual sample of all the discerned things, he will realize that not even a speck of dust of the sun will bow to his will! And if he wants to behold the life of the spirit, instead, he will always encounter the grave of the night, in which he laid the body; or in other words... He does not get any certainty about the beyond, instead, everything is a diction (unproven assertion) and certainly not more, therefore a body in the grave.
19. But what does he profit from that? - If he has read so much, but cannot grasp a living conviction from all he has read, does he not continually resemble a Joseph of Arimathea, who takes body after body from the cross, anoints it and then wraps it in white linen, - but the dead body stays a dead body and will always be carried into the grave.
20. But lets consider our Magdalena again! She has also witnessed all of these actions; but she wrapped the body or the word not in linen and she did not put it in the grave, but into her heart, which was glowing with love; and when she came to the tomb, the stone of doubt was rolled away by the power of love. The linens were folded well ordered in the grave, which says as much as... Her love has organized the Godly Word within her and brought it to Life. She did not find a dead body anymore; but instead, she found the living one, who is risen from the grave.
21. What is better now... to put the dead body in the grave - or to find the living one above the grave? - I mean, it is pretty clear that the second option is better than the first one.
22. But why did Magdalena find what Joseph of Arimathea did not find? - Because she had read little, but loved much; Joseph of Arimathea read a lot - like Nicodemus, but therefore loved less. That's why he had to do with the dead body, but Mary Magdalena with the living one!
23. I mean, this will be clear too; however, soon again another central sun.