What is the significance of “Nicodemus (bringing) 75 lbs aloe and myrrh”? 4

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26 Jul 2017


In the apostle John’s gospel we read, “After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body.  Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight.  So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.  Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.  So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.”

Both of these men, Joseph and Nicodemus, were high-ranking Jewish religious leaders who had become disciples of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus they wanted to provide the best burial they could. Joseph provided an expensive newly hewn tomb in his private garden. Nicodemus provided seventy-five pounds of the spices myrrh and aloes (sandalwood) not the typical Jewish spices for burial. The cost of the tomb can only be guessed, but very expensive and the spices are estimated in our time to be worth about $150,000-$200,000. Both had great wealth and they also had great admiration for their Master.

A very costly burial for his very costly death.

“Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead.” Jesus

100 Pounds Of Myrrh

By: James Smith

Topics: Inspiration

Image for article 100 Pounds Of Myrrh“And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.” (John 19:38- 40 KJV)

Upon His death, Nicodemus came to Jesus’ tomb and he and Joseph of Arimathaea, wound the body of Jesus with linen clothes and 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes. This amount of burial myrrh and aloes would have been an extreme amount even for a wealthy person. The usual custom was to use 20 pounds.

Think of this with me. If any of you have ever bailed hay on a farm, you know that a bail of hay weighs around 60-70 pounds. This bail being compacted and compressed into some sort of shape by a bailer. In Jesus’ day, there were no such machine. They would have had to carry this in a sack of sorts. Imagine the scene of Joseph carrying the roughly 175 pound body of Jesus and Nicodemus carrying the huge sack with 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes for the burial.

Putting myself into this text, I find two men who loved Jesus. Enough that they would risk their own life to see that the Lord would receive the very best burial they could give. So, Joseph donates his very expensive tomb and Nicodemos, not wanting anyone to smell the decomposing body of Jesus, brings 100 pounds of costly burial aloes. When people walked by the tomb, he wanted them to only notice the beautiful smell of the myrrh and not the rotting flesh of a dead God.


An Unusual Thing Happened on the Way to Jesus’ Burial

John 19:38-42

38After all this, Joseph of Arimathea (he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, because he was intimidated by the Jews) petitioned Pilate to take the body of Jesus. Pilate gave permission. So Joseph came and took the body. 39Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus at night, came now in broad daylight carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40They took Jesus’ body and, following the Jewish burial custom, wrapped it in linen with the spices. 41There was a garden near the place he was crucified, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed. 42So, because it was Sabbath preparation for  the Jews and the tomb was convenient, they placed Jesus in it. — John 19:38-42 (The Message)

Did you catch the amount of spices Nicodemus brought to the burial? Normal Jewish burials called for five pounds of spices — an amount typically on hand in a Jewish household. Seventy-five pounds was an extraordinary amount — the quantity used to bury royalty.

Seventy-five pounds? I’m thinking Nicodemus finally got it! In Jesus’ darkest hour, when even His followers deserted Him, Nicodemus showed up in broad daylight, declaring allegiance — in stark contrast with his first encounter with Jesus. What’s more, you can’t hide 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes. Picture 15 five-pound bags of  sugar. The biggest dog-food bag in the pet aisle! Imagine a quantity that “makes a statement” — and that’s what Nicodemus brought.

An Unusual Thing Happened on the Way to Jesus’ Burial: Barry Shafer

An Unusual Thing Happened on the Way to Jesus’ Burialhttps://www.youthworker.com › articles

75. Which is Heavier 100 lbs. of Myrrh or 100 lbs. of Gold?

A worth reading detective and novel account at the following site, a must read on the subject:

75. Which is Heavier 100 lbs. of Myrrh or 100 lbs. of Gold?


Holy War -the peaceful version- with reasons, arguments and peaceful dialogue

The News:

One will, perhaps, love to read the following:

“Holy War”: Is it Armageddon? with its ” Peaceful Version”! 1

“Holy War”: Is it Armegiddon / Armageddon? – with its “Peaceful Version”! 1 | paarsurrey (wordpress.com)

One will be taken aback to note that Armegiddon/Armageddon is nothing like as one would have imagined or known so far. It is not to be fought with any physical and destructive weaponry and or the lethal arsenal of the day. It is peaceful and in fact, I understand, it has already started and it is sown like a seed!

It was a debate between the Pauline-Christianity (represented by Mr. Abdullah Atham) and the Second Coming 1835-1908 , that took place in Urdu language and was published then by the name “Jang-e-Muqaddas” in 1893 ( 22 May 1893 to 5 June 1893) in the then British India and has been recently translated and published in English by the name “The Holy War”:

The Holy War — A DEBATE BETWEEN ISLAM & CHRISTIANITY — Jang-e-Muqaddas (alislam.org)


From: a peaceful Ahmadiyya Muslim


These are the days of Armageddon – the final battle between good and evil –The peaceful Version! 3 

Has Armageddon already started with the advent of Second Coming 1835-1908 ?– The peaceful Version! 2

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