Daily Devotional Thursday 30th January 2020

by William Moody

Luke 23:50–56

Jesus Is Buried

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.1 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.

On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Footnotes

[1] 23:54 Greek was dawning

(ESV)

Joseph, a member of the Jewish ruling council, had not consented to Jesus’ death. He refused to go with the flow in this world as he had one eye on the world to come (v50-51).

The more we focus on the world to come and on the coming of Christ’s kingdom, the more courageous we will be for Christ in this world.

Joseph shows further courage as he identifies himself with Jesus as he takes his body and buries it (v52-53). This very personal act speaks of great love and dedication to Jesus.

Today we can show our love for Jesus as we care for His body the church. The women were at home preparing spices to bring a sweet fragrance to Christ’s body. We need to prepare ourselves so that we can bring a sweet fragrance today to the body of Christ.

As you spend time with Jesus at home, you’re equipped to share His love to others as you meet them. When you spend time with Christ at home, pray that as you meet with God’s people, that you would bless them.

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