“And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.”
Jesus was buried at the same time as the criminals that died with Him, but His grave was a rich man’s tomb (Matt. 27: 57-60). In Jewish cemeteries, criminals were buried in a separate place from the others. The true meaning of the verse is that the Jews appointed Him a grave with criminals, but at the last moment Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy man, begged the body of Jesus so he could put it in his own tomb, as predicted. The words He made in the Hebrew mean He was appointed. It was the Jews who appointed Him such a place, but when Joseph begged His body for burial this appointment was changed. Thus, the Jews even wanted to deny Him an honorable burial, but their purpose was defeated.
He was rejected, crucified, and buried by men-not for any personal violence or deceit, but because of the wickedness and sin of those who slew Him. He was no rabble rouser or anarchist, and not injurious to any man. He sought to give life instead of taking it. He was accused of being a deceiver, and was treated as one, but He was always open and sincere in all of His words and deeds. No deceit was ever found in His mouth. His enemies acknowledged this (Matt. 22:16).