DEAD AND BURIED

“Joseph of Arimathea…went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. … Joseph brought 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”.

Mk 15:43, 46 NIV

Today, when there is some tragic event that leads to the death of an innocent person or persons, there is often some expression of sympathy to the loved ones of the deceased person. Sometimes people will come and place flowers where the tragedy took place, or outside the person’s home. People are saying, “We care”.Today, when there is some tragic event that leads to the death of an innocent person or persons, there is often some expression of sympathy to the loved ones of the deceased person. Sometimes people will come and place flowers where the tragedy took place, or outside the person’s home. People are saying, “We care”.

Not all the people of Jerusalem were against Jesus. Joseph was a high-ranking person., what today we would call a Member of Parliament. He knew that Jesus was carrying out the role of Messiah to whose coming the Jews had looked forward for centuries. Determined that the body of Jesus should be treated honourably, he went himself and did the honours. The tomb he used is on display in Jerusalem today at what is called “the Garden Tomb”. In the middle of all the clashing emotions, the crime and chaos of that first Easter, there was one man’s act of decency and love.

Joseph’s action proves that Jesus was really dead. Contrary to some theories that he was only in a swoon, Joseph’s deed speaks of reality. It means Jesus died, and died completely. Which means that he also came to life again on Easter Day.

Christian disciples today will organise their Easter in such a way that they too will show love to Jesus. They will do it by showing care to any kind of person in need of it. And not just at Easter. All the time.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, help me to put love into action all the time.