Scripture: Mark 15:46
Joseph of Arimathea bought a linen cloth, took Jesus down from the cross, wrapped him in the cloth, and laid him in a tomb that had been carved out of rock. He rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.
Thought for the Day: In the previous chapter, a woman poured a jar of expensive perfume over the head of Jesus, and though there were some who did not like what she had done, Jesus responded by explaining how she was anointing his body for burial. It was an act of gratitude and respect, and in many ways, I believe what Joseph of Arimathea did was an act of gratitude and respect. Joseph had no expectation of resurrection, but there was something so special about this man named Jesus that his body could not be left where it would be eaten by birds and dogs. A proper burial was required. There were probably many who thought to themselves at the time, “What’s done is done, and there is no going back. Why spend the resources on someone who is dead.” But don’t you think the life of Jesus alone – apart from his death and resurrection – deserved to be celebrated and honored? Would you have been there with Joseph to show respect to your teacher? I’d like to think I would, but on this Dark Saturday, I pray that, going forward, my life will show gratitude and respect for the greatest life ever lived.
Prayer: Today is a dark and lonely day. O Lord, stay with me as I reflect on the life of one who willingly died for the sake of love. Amen.