51 And behold , the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom ; and the earth shook and the rocks were split . 52 The tombs were opened , and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised ; 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many . 54 Now the centurion , and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus , when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening , became very frightened and said , "Truly this was the Son of God !" 55 Many women were there looking on from a distance , who had followed Jesus from Galilee while ministering to Him. 56 Among them was Mary Magdalene , and Mary the mother of James and Joseph , and the mother of the sons of Zebedee .
The Burial of Jesus
57 When it was evening , there came a rich man from Arimathea , named Joseph , who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus . 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus . Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth , 60 and laid it in his own new tomb , which he had hewn out in the rock ; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away . 61 And Mary Magdalene was there , and the other Mary , sitting opposite the grave .
The Guard at the Tomb
62 Now on the next day , the day after the preparation , the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate , 63 and said , "Sir , we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said , ' After three days I am to rise again .' 64 "Therefore , give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day , otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people , 'He has risen from the dead ,' and the last deception will be worse than the first ." 65 Pilate said to them, "You have a guard ; go , make it as secure as you know how ." 66 And they went and made the grave secure , and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone .