Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man. He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before. That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.
And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.
The shame of the cross did not keep those who loved Jesus away. They watched from a distance; they continued to look for the kingdom of God. Joseph was willing to be made unclean before a Sabbath to care for the body. The women went home after noting where the body was laid to prepare the spices and perfumes to complete the burial process of that time. They continued to follow the commands of God in honoring the Sabbath. There is a sense of sorrow mingled with anticipation. …waiting for the kingdom of God, …resting on the Sabbath according to the commandment, actions that tell the condition of the heart; a heart that serves, a heart that seeks the will of the Father. May we also have a heart that serves, a heart that seeks the will of the Father.
It is a curiosity to consider Joseph’s position. He did not consent to the actions of the fellow members of his council. Did it cause him pain to be a part of this group? And note the courage to act in opposition to their stand. He not only did not consent, he became involved in a way that could alienate him from the group. Scripture calls him good and just and states he was waiting for the kingdom of God. God had His man on the council that condemned His Son to death. Are we willing to stand against the crowd, even those who profess to believe as we do, when they take actions that go against the will of God? Lord give us wisdom and keep us focused on His kingdom and His will. …thy kingdom come, thy will be done…