Monday, March 30, 2015

Holy Week devotion: Vigil Saturday - John 19:38-42

Bible Reading: John 19:38-42

Today’s verse:                   John 19:38
Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body.

            I like the Gospel story of Joseph of Arimathea. He’s an unsung hero during a time of sadness and crisis. Before the crucifixion, Joseph had been a secret follower of Jesus, but didn’t want to tell anyone because he was afraid of what people might say. After the crucifixion, Joseph boldly goes to Pilate and asks for Christ’s body – he is no longer afraid to be associated with Jesus; he is no longer scared to be a marked man.

            Throughout this week, we may have had opportunities to witness for Christ and show others that we are Christians. Tomorrow, we will be given another occasion to show our faith at church, at home, and in our community.

How will I celebrate Easter? Am I willing to show my faith to everyone I encounter?

Prayer:            Lord Jesus, as we await the light of a new Easter dawn, prepare us to be witnesses of Your Resurrection and disciples of Your ways. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

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