November 04, 2018: SOAP #3258:   Job 26-27; Mark 15-16 Scripture:  Mark (NIV) 15:42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' […]

November 04, 2018: SOAP #3258:   Job 26-27; Mark 15-16

Scripture:  Mark (NIV) 15:42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

Observation:   Joseph of Arimathea had a unique place in history.   He is the only one recorded who touched the dead body of Jesus.   Many had touched Him while he was alive, but Joseph touched Him while dead.   He treated the body with respect.   He honored Jesus by placing His dead body in a tomb prepared for the wealthy as prophesied in Isaiah 53:9.   It was from Joseph's tomb that three days later, Jesus came back to life!

Application:  When someone tells me that God gave them a dream that has become impossible and even has died, may they find me respecting God's plan.   I should help them lay it in a place of honor and treat it with respect.   The Resurrected One is very able to resurrect things we consider too far gone to ever be useful.

Prayer:    Holy Spirit, revive your work in me.   Bring to life Your plans for me.      Amen

Pastor Leon
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