Joseph of Arimathea

What’s Your Harvest?

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” – Galatians 6:7 Now more than ever, it’s important to remember that as Christians, we are seed planters. The Bible says that we will reap what we sow, and while this is often looked at in a negative context, it’s much more powerful when we consider the positive. We recently talked about Joseph of Arimathea, and his life is a perfect example of what happens when we plant seeds of selflessness and sacrifice, despite it being unpopular, costly, or risky. While everyone else walked away from Jesus, even His disciples, Joseph clung to his Lord, pulled the nails out of His wounded hands, wiped the blood and sweat from His now-cold brow, and dressed His body for burial. He gladly offered what he assumed would be a final act of sacrifice for the One he so

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Surrendered, Sacrificial Faith

“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.” – Mark 15:43 I love the story of Joseph of Arimathea. If you’ve been in church for any length of time, you probably know that he was the man who asked Pilate for Jesus’ body and took it off the cross to bury in his own family tomb. Strangely enough, he was a member of the Sanhedrin — the group of Jewish zealots that put Jesus to death — and although he didn’t support His Savior’s crucifixion, he felt helpless to stop it, so he did what he could to demonstrate his love. In remembering why his actions were such a big deal, it’s important to note that crucified victims were typically hung naked and at eye-level so that everyone who passed by

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