DO YOU DARE TELL ALL ABOUT JESUS?
42 And the change to evening had already happened. Since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was also himself expecting the kingdom of God, boldly came to Pilate and requested the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead. So, summoning the centurion, he asked him whether Jesus was already dead. 45 And when he learned from the centurion that Jesus was dead, he allowed Joseph to take the corpse. 46 Then Joseph bought a linen shroud, and after taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses had seen where he was laid.
take the corpse
Pilate allowed Joseph of Arimathea to take the corpse of Jesus. He allowed him to dispose of the body in his tomb. He allowed him to wrap it in a linen shroud. He allowed the women to look on at the tomb from a distance. After all, what damage can a dead prophet do?
Much of the world today is ambivalent toward Jesus, because they see him as a dead prophet. We can hide in our churches and do whatever we want, as long as he stays in that tomb. We can build all the tombs, weave all the shrouds, and watch our dead prophet all we want … as long as we know our place.
But we dare to proclaim that our Saviour rose from the dead. We dare to proclaim him the only begotten Son of God. We dare to confess that he alone is the Way. We will upset today’s Pilates.
LORD, give us the courage to proclaim the whole truth about you.