PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 27:57-61
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body.” (Matthew 27:58)
Joseph, a rich and respected man (Mark 15:43), took a huge risk to do this.
Essentially he surrenders his reputation to honour Jesus, the enemy of Rome.
His life memorial (tomb) is now tied to Jesus – a religious and political loser.
Most people see Jesus as a loser, a failed messiah, no longer relevant.
Sometimes we may also feel the scorn of identifying with a ‘dead’ messiah.
Why waste ourselves on Jesus; He is not real and His church is a failure.
Like Joseph, we may be viewed as fools who still believe in fairy tales.
Essentially we surrender our reputations and future memory to honour Jesus.
When I think of Who Jesus is, and what He represents, I don’t mind.
Why be ashamed to identify with radical grace and love, humility and kindness?
Think of crazy things people devote their lives to today… they’re not ashamed!?!?
“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:20)
I still choose to honour the ‘failed messiah’ and tie my reputation to His cause!
Lord, people may mock me for identifying with Your life and love, but I would rather be a fool for You than for all the empty things that everyone else seems to be sacrificing their lives for!