Isn’t it amazing how you can read the same stories again and again and yet something new stands out to you?
Reading the Easter story on Easter Saturday I came to the part where Joseph of Arimathea goes to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. And this is the passage that stood out to me: “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”.
This was Joseph’s own tomb, a plot of land that he had paid for himself out the wealth that God had given him. He was prepared to take something that was for his own personal use and put it at the disposal of the master – sacrificing his own right to use it.
Today, we are still called to take the things that matter to us, our time, our gifts, our possessions, our families, and to put them at the disposal of Jesus for him to use as he sees fit. Is there anything that Jesus needs today that we can put at his disposal? It will cost us…in the short term…but not in eternity.
There’s a little postscript to this thought: two days later the tomb was empty. Jesus didn’t need it any more. Maybe Joseph got to use it himself after all!
30 March 2013