Hope you had a Happy New Years
It was two years ago that I decided to take my personal bible study and make it public. I hope you have enjoyed it and I am looking forward to this third year. Thank you for all your
support! Lord’s Blessings,
Pastor Perry Culver
Mark 15:42–47 (ESV)
42 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for
the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. 45 And when he learned from the centurion
that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. 46 And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47
Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
So much to be said about today’s reading, but I want to look at today’s reading from a different perspective. Joseph
went out on a limb, to ask for the body of Christ so that he could bury him. Joseph was a “respected member of the council” and was putting everything he had on the line. He could lose his position, respect, and even family and friends...
by stepping out and showing his faith in Jesus Christ. We live in a world of free speech and freedom of religion (enjoy while we still have it), and yet many are afraid to step out and show their/your faith. What will other’s think.
Will I lose my job? Will I lose my friends? Will I lose customers? They just crucified Christ on a cross in a very public setting. Yet Joseph went out on a limb and asked for the body. Even today, some people would stop
and wonder about the risks and what is at stake. Would the world be different if we all acted as Joseph of Arimathea?
I pray: O Lord, help me to be bold in my faith, and to step forward and to
trust in you. Help me to expect persecution, yet to boldly step forward anyway and share Christ. Amen.