“Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.” Mark 15:43.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 26-27, and Mark 15-16.
Joseph of Arimathea came out of the closet on this one.
He was a member of the Council that had a part in getting Jesus crucified. Now he wants the body.
Pilate wouldn’t have to do much figuring to sort of why: Joseph was a closet follower of Jesus.
Like many of us, his faith was not truly external. It was almost entirely internal.
I am pressing myself regarding witnessing. It takes boldness to step out and do it. I instinctively want to play it safe. Wait for the golden opportunity. Don’t take any risk.
Joseph may have been living the same way. He may have had opportunities to speak out against harming Jesus but chickened out.
In this verse, however, he decides to cross the street. I couldn’t resist the “chicken” analogy.
I must gain boldness to witness. It cannot be just a perfect situation approach. If I do it right and am rejected I have glorified God. Of whom shall I fear?
“Lord, thank You for this story of a reluctant Joseph acting boldly as He did something for You. Help me to be bold for You. I love You, Father.”
I need to become bold in witnessing.