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John 19:38-42; Mark 15:42-46; Luke 23:50-55; Matthew 27:57-61 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body...
After Jesus dies, Joseph of Arimathea asks Pilate for Jesus' body. Pilate agrees to the request and Joseph takes Jesus and, with the help of Nicodemus, prepares his body for burial in Joseph's private tomb. The short parallel passages for today give us a pretty good look at a one of Jesus' followers (Joseph of Arimathea) who wasn't one of Jesus' twelve disciples. I was impressed by Joseph's actions in this dark time. The big thing that caught my attention was how Joseph didn't let the horrible events of the day incapacitate him. Speaking from experience, that can happen pretty easily. Something bad happens and we just freeze, we don't know quite what to do. But not Joseph. He saw a need and took on the task of caring for Jesus' body. His actions were deliberate and he didn't let anything get in his way.
So what did you learn from Joseph (or Nicodemus) from the passages for today? Tami W.
P.S. In keeping with tradition, I've posted some pictures of the Garden Tomb on my blog. :)
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