Serving Jesus in Our Community

Bible Notes

Luke 23:50-56 (30.03.24)

Luke 23:50-56 (NIVUK)
50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

I’m always moved by the actions of Joseph and these women. What a mix of feelings they must have been going through, the clash of disappointment that Jesus wasn’t whom they thought he was, a sense perhaps of having let him down or even betrayed him, and the continued, obvious love that they had for him. To me this is a real picture of faith, to carry on serving and loving despite doubts and shifting understandings of who it is we follow, personal failures and any opposition we may face, based on the person that they had met.

Lord, give me a faith that is stronger than any of these things through a deep relationship with you.

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