We find in Matthew 27:57-60 that a man named Joseph asked Pilate to take the body of Jesus and bury him in a tomb that he owned. Joseph was a religious leader who did not want Jesus to die unlike the rest of his friends. Joseph was a true follower of Jesus Christ.
We also find in John 19:38-42 that another man named Nicodemus helped Joseph place the body of Jesus in the tomb. He brought with him spices and ointments to help the body from smelling really bad.
The second question, “What were the names of the other two guys next to Jesus?” is found in Luke 23:39-42. The passage does not provide us with the names of the two criminals next to Jesus, but we do know that one of them believed that Jesus was the Son of God. Just before Jesus dies, he asks Jesus “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” Jesus responded by assuring that he would be with him in heaven. This shows us that God’s grace is offered to anyone who accepts Jesus as their Savior, no matter what they have done!
What was the ointment that Nicodemus put on Jesus was it thick or thin? What was it made of?
John 19:39 says that it was a mixture of aloes and myrrh that they used to treat the body of Jesus. Myrrh is a type of ointment that was commonly used for burying a person (kind of like a perfume). When mixed with certain other chemicals or drinks, it was used to clean wounds as well. We aren’t sure as to how thick or thin the substance was, but we can be sure that it was meant to give off a good smell so that visitors who wanted to see the body wouldn’t be sick from the smell of a dead body.
But something that is even more interesting is that myrrh was given to Jesus when he was 2 years old! In Matthew 2:11, Jesus was given three gifts, one of them being myrrh. The wise men knew that Jesus was not only the Son of God, but they also knew that his death would be a very important one. Therefore they gave the gift of myrrh as a token to their belief that Jesus death would be the final payment for our sin!
How did they get the cross out of the ground. How did they take him off the cross?
Before they removed the cross, they would first remove the body. But sometimes, depending on who was on the cross and what they had done, the bodies would be left up there for either birds or animals to eat (gross!). In Jesus’s case, the two men wanted to preserve the body of Jesus so that they could have a proper burial for him. Most of time the cross itself was left there in it’s place. That way they didn’t need to keep taking them down and putting them back up every time they had a crucifixion.