Mark 15:42-16:18 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath...
think about it.
How would you describe these events to a friend? What responses do you find to Jesus' death? To the news that He is risen? Even those who know Jesus have a hard time believing (16:11,13); what does He say to them? How would He challenge your faith today? How do Jesus' final instructions (16:15-18) influence your actions today?
Most of us are familiar with the name Joseph of Arimathea because this was the man who used his family tomb to bury Jesus. Now if we look closely at what Luke tells us here in Luke 15:42-46, we'll see that this was a big task and step of faith for Joseph. Joseph was a "respected member of the Council" (vs. 42), and as we know, Jewish leadership was the force behind getting Jesus crucified. So Joseph of Arimathea risked much by stepping out and associating himself with Jesus
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