Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What Will You Place in the Tomb?

As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. (Matthew 27:57-60 NIV)

Joseph did not bury Jesus in his tomb because there was a lack of rocks in the region or because he didn’t feel like cutting out another tomb. Joseph buried Jesus in the tomb that belonged to him because he knew that it was only temporary. Joseph was a disciple of Jesus and therefore knew that Jesus was the truth and everything that he said would come to pass. Faith led Joseph to loan Jesus his tomb. How many people do you know get buried in loaner graves?

To many others at the time, the body of our Lord was just a lifeless corpse. They had no need for it and didn’t care who took it or what they did with it. They were casting lots for his garments. But those that knew the truth knew that Jesus wouldn’t stay dead and that the grave couldn’t hold him down. We all have some situations that seem to be dead in our lives. Maybe it’s a dream that isn’t coming to pass the way that we imagined, a loved ones failing health, issues in our relationships, hindrances in our spiritual walk or a grudge that you may be holding onto. Whatever the situation is we must learn to put that in tomb with the same measure of faith that Joseph laid the body of Jesus in the tomb so that Jesus can bring “that thing” back to life.

Notice that when Joseph laid the body in the tomb, he sealed it up and went away. He didn’t try to rush or move the hand of God. He knew what God promised him so he left the body in the tomb and allowed God arise. God does not need our help or us to remind him of what he said he is going to do. We have to fully let go and let God so that he can speak life into that dead situation. So, what do you need to place in the tomb?


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