Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.
As we journey more into the Easter story, you can’t help but be intrigued with Joseph of Arimathea. All four writers of the Gospels spent time discussing this man and his part in the burial of the body of Jesus in the tomb. But who was he? Joseph was a member of the temple leadership (Sanhedrin as they were called) and a secret follower of Jesus. He was afraid to reveal his trust in Jesus because he feared the powers that be.
What a gloomy Sabbath the next day must have been for the twelve disciples! Things had all happened so fast, and now their leader, whom they’d thought would deliver them, was dead. They all went undercover fearing for their lives. But Joseph, the secret disciple acted in a way that made his faith public. He acted quickly to honor Jesus’ dead body “in accordance with Jewish burial customs.” Using a large quantity of aloes and myrrh, they wrapped the body properly and placed it in Joseph’s unused tomb.
Joseph probably had no idea the days or weeks before the crucifixion that he would be able to be the one to honor Jesus’ body by burying Him according to custom. Yet when the time came, he stepped out in faith. While Jesus’ twelve disciples were scattered, Joseph was in the right position, the right place, and acted at just the right time. You might be in the right place at the right time to act for the cause of Christ. It might come today or even next week, but the point is to be ready. For Joseph of Arimathea, the opportunity arrived, and he stepped out. What opportunities awaits you today?
I Declare: Today I declare that i am both a public and committed follower of Jesus, i will use all i am and all i have at all times to act for the cause of Christ and his kingdom. My faith is like a city upon a hill it cannot be hidden both in good and bad times!
Ignite Thought: A public declaration of faith is useless without a public commitment to the faith!