The Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' role as a servant. Join with us as we venture through one section of this vital gospel that recounts many of Jesus' actions during his ministry years.
Read Mark 15:42-47
It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 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. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 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. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
This Joseph was an exception to the rule among the religious leaders of Jesus' time and place, since he not only respected Jesus but even, John tells us, counted himself a disciple. But he did all this on the q.t. out of fear of most other leaders, who had now succeeded in their goal of putting Jesus to death. What does it mean to you to be follower, a disciple, of Christ? Under normal circumstances, do you think it could or should be done secretly, or by oneself?
Jesus, the only circumstances we truly understand are those we've experienced ourselves. The only faith we know is the faith you've given to each of us individually. Help us to appreciate others of your followers whose lives and faith may look quite different from our own. May our differences complement each other, rather than divide us. Amen.