On: August 29, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 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. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 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. Luke 23:50-53
There is a symmetry between the first Joseph in Jesus’s life and Joseph of Arimathea. Jesus’s earthly dad stood alongside Mary, when it looked as if their relationship was doomed through the apparent disgrace of a child to be born out of wedlock. He would have been anxiously knocking on doors in Bethlehem trying to find a place for Mary to give birth to their son. He provided security and stability through Jesus’s early years.
Joseph of Arimathea stood by Jesus even though his fellow councillors had condemned Him to death. After His death, we find him being bold enough to ask for the lifeless body to give Jesus a dignified burial and resting place.
Neither Joseph had a starring role; both were supporting actors. Yet they were key players in the greatest story ever told; without them the drama, as we know it, would not havebeen able to unfold.
Three cheers for them. And three cheers and a round of applause for all those who, quietly and diligently, move forward God’s Kingdom, whether through their persistent prayer, visiting the sick, opening their homes, or a thousand other inconspicuous acts of grace.
Father God bless those who bring blessing to others through their faithful, if unspectacular service. May they know the reward of your smile over them. Amen