50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
I cannot imagine how Joseph or the women felt following the death of Jesus. They had followed him and believed in him and then they had watched him die a cruel death. It must have taken incredible bravery to ask for his body, care for it, given they would have been seen as siding with a criminal. It’s a reminder to me that even in my darkest moments, just like these friends of Jesus, God has a purpose and calling on my life that cannot be ignored. Joseph and these women did the right thing regardless of how difficult that was for them. In a world that says put yourself first, there are times when we are called to stand up for what we believe in first of all.
Jesus I thank you for all that you did for me when you died on the cross. I thank you that you put aside your self for the sake of all the world. Help me to always act in a way that brings honour and glory to you. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen
Written by Christine Knight