And when evening had come ... 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 .... 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. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where He was laid. (Mark 15:42a, 43, 46-47)
It took some courage for Joseph to go to Pilate and ask for Jesus' body. After all, he was a member of the council—the very group that condemned Jesus. Now he is breaking ranks with the others, making it clear where his heart lies—even though, as far as he knows, there is no longer any way that it will matter to Jesus.
But Joseph loves Jesus. He will not let Him be dumped in an unmarked grave. He will give Jesus his very own tomb, the one Joseph built for his own family to lie in. He will do what he can, to honor Jesus' body—even if it costs him his place on the council. To Joseph, it is worth it.
Where did this love come from? From Jesus! After all, He behaves the same way. When we sinned and came under the power of death, God did not abandon us. He came into the world to rescue us—to set us free from evil and give us a new, everlasting life. He knew that the price for this was suffering and death, but Jesus was okay with that. Why? Because He loves us.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, let Your love take root in my heart also. Amen.
* Describe one quiet act of love you have seen lately.
* Who (besides Jesus) has given up something, big or tiny, to show you love?
* What could you do to love someone in a quiet way today?
Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo.
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