A Tomb for Jesus: Serve in the Moment

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 day, 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. Luke 23:50-56

Jesus has been crucified. Signs and wonders are being beheld. People who mocked Jesus are now coming to realize who He was. And His followers are still dispersed.

But even though things were bleak, hope seemed to be lost, and no one seemed sure what to do next, there were still good people in the world.

Joseph from Arimathea stepped up. “May I take His body and bury it?”


Usually the bodies were left for the animals to clean up. Joseph was a believer. He was opposed to what had happened that day at Golgotha. Now he wanted to see Jesus at least buried properly.

Where was Jesus’ inner circle? Still in hiding. Still afraid to be recognized as one of His disciples. Still confused about what had just happened. Those who should have known Him best and been prepared were confused, hurt, and lost.

Joseph calmly stepped up and dealt with the formalities of death. He claimed the body, prepared the body, and laid the body in his own tomb.

Joseph didn’t serve Jesus by making grand statements, grand gestures, or doing something outlandishly huge. Joseph served Jesus by meeting a need at the moment it was necessary.

So many times we get caught up in calendars and planning and building the next BIG event that we forget to serve in the moment.

Jesus doesn’t need your intentions for grandiose plans; He wants your service in the moment.

Sometimes the risk in the moment is just as great as the risk in the grandiose plans.

What are you willing to risk by serving Jesus in this moment? Are you willing to risk your grand plans?

Jesus risked everything for us. What are we willing to risk to serve Him?

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