There was a good and righteous man named Joseph, a member of the Sanhedrin, who had not agreed with their plan and action. He was from Arimathea, a Judean town, and was looking forward to the kingdom of God. He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus’s body. Taking it down, he wrapped it in fine linen and placed it in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever been placed. It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
(Luke 23:50-54, CSB)

In what he thought was a final demonstration of love for the Christ, Joseph displayed remarkable courage in asking for the body of Jesus, wrapping it in fine linen, and placing it in his own tomb—the Sabbath was about to begin. 

Scripture records Joseph of Arimathea was a good and righteous man. Obviously a wealthy man. A member of the Sanhedrin. And, yet, a believer who looked forward to the kingdom of God. 

No more is recorded about that particular Sabbath. What did Joseph do that day? What did the disciples, and the Marys and Martha do that day? What did the other followers do that day? You can almost imagine their fear and bewilderment, their doubt, and perhaps their shame. Had they given up three years for this? 

What they didn’t know, what they couldn’t imagine would happen in the twinkling of an eye—New Life was about to begin.

Father, no matter how strong the faith of pastors and missionaries, there will be days of fear and bewilderment. Today, we lift those who doubt and hurt, those who wonder how their churches will remain open, those who wonder how to care for their churches, and those who are just plain exhausted from caring for so many. We lift them to you, and we ask you to give them strength and hope. Remind them of the cool water New Life brings. Father, we ask you to bring them a Joseph. One who will believe in them and care for them. One who will bring them refreshment and encouragement. One who will hold them up as they take the Good News of Your Son to the nations. Father, let us be a Joseph to someone in need, and let us all look with anticipation to the New Life You will begin. Amen.

By Robin McCall, Content & Marketing Hub manager, national WMU

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