Hope for today: grave clothes gone

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38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”  John 11:38-44

Hope for today: the King of Glory

HopeLift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Psalm 24:7-10

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Hope for today: Your unfailing love…

HopeLet me hear of Your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting You. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to You.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to You to hide me.
10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.
May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
11 For the glory of Your name, O Lord, preserve my life. Because of Your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
12 In Your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am Your servant. Psalm 143:8-12

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Grace for today: everything for a godly life

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2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:2-8

 

 

The body of Christ

Luke 23.52

“Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.”
Luke 23:50-56

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When He had said this, He breathed His last (Luke 23:46). O what a Wonderful Savior!

The above Scriptures tells us that God gave Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus the  assignment of taking care of Jesus’ body.

“Now Joseph was disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews (John 19:38b).” The above verses also lets us know that he was a good and upright man who was waiting for the Kingdom of God. We know Nicodemus had seen some of the miracles and had questions. He had previously and secretively sought Jesus out by night to get his questions answered (John 3:1-21).

We find both men in these Scriptures as proof that God is faithful to His promises. In Jeremiah 29:13 the Lord declares, You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. In spite of all the Sanhedrin and Jewish leaders had going on, Joseph and Nicodemus were drawn to Jesus as the the promised Messiah.

Mark 14:64 states that the whole council condemned Jesus as deserving death. The above passage, Luke 23:51 tells us that Joseph did not consent to the Council’s decision and action. This leads me to believe that Joseph and Nicodemus was not present for the vote to murder Jesus. These men would have all been well versed in the Scriptures including the prophecies regarding the Messiah. Most likely, they chose to stay away and were busy  preparing for the burial of the precious Lamb of God and Savior of the world.

Once Jesus died, they would need to move quickly for it was the day of preparation and no work could be done on the Sabbath. They would need wrapping cloths and spices (75 pounds) and of course, a tomb close to where Jesus died to save time.

Joseph, the secret disciple, is now bold and courageous, risks it all and goes to Pilate and asks for Jesus’ body. Pilate is surprised that Jesus is already dead but agrees.

In my mind, I see these men carefully removing the nails, and lovingly and gently removing Jesus’ battered, torn, and bloodied body from the cross and carrying him to the tomb that was in close location to the place He willingly shed His blood for all mankind.

“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” John 19:38-42

The Sabbath is coming so they must go…they roll a stone against the entrance. The women were there…

The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.” Luke 23:55-56

Matthew 27.59-60

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Hope for today: sufficient grace

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8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9

Hope for today: God’s purpose stands

Hope“Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels.
Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ Isaiah 46:8-10

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Hope for today: overflow with hope

HopeMay the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

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Hope for today: Christ lives in me

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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2:20-21