Journey to the Cross Part 11
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.
He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
I have for a long time been a fan of Janette Oke books. back in 2009 she started a series with Davis Bunn giving an account of the early church immediately following the resurrection of Christ. The first book is entitled The Centurion’s Wife to give a little back History Alban is a Roman Centurion ordered by Pilate to find out what happened to the body of Jesus and if his followers pose as a treat to the Roman Empire. Once setting foot in Jerusalem, He seeks out the last known person to have seen the body of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea. As part of the conversation comes to a close. Joseph asks Alban what he will do if he finds the rabbi’s (Jesus’) body. Alban changes the words to “when i find Him.” of which Joesph corrects him again using if. The last question asked by Joseph goes like this
“What if you do discover the truth, and the truth shatters you life?” Joseph leaned closer, until all Alban could see was the fire at the center of the Judaean’s dark eyes. “And what if it forces you to leave behind all your ambitions and your desires? What then centurion? What will you do then?”
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Jesus has now been laid to rest in a tomb and Pilate is now seriously wondering what he has done. he may well have sent someone to figure out if he had made the right move.
As we head into Holy Week, I pray that if you have not found the truth that is Jesus, you find Him.
Don’t be scared to be used by Him. Once you have found the truth what will you do with it? Will you allow it to change your plans to meet His so that your dreams become his dreams or your ambitions become His as well?