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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 234/260: Joseph of Arimathea

Read Mark 15:42-46

The Danger of Fear

God uses man to advance His great cause, and on several occasions, He has used men named Joseph. When famine threatened the people of God, He raised up Joseph in the land of Egypt to help relieve them. When Herod the Great threatened to murder the infant Jesus, He raised up Joseph to protect the Child. And now, when the body of our Lord was threatened by the dishonor of an unsuitable burial, He raised up Joseph of Arimathea to provide a proper tomb, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 53:9.

This Joseph is described by Luke as “a good and just man” (Luke 23:50). And yet, there was a problem. He was “a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews” (John 19:38). He was a council member, though “he had not consented to their decision and deed” (Luke 23:51). What good is it, though, to be a disciple if you refuse to speak up?

Joseph finally got over his cowardice, or at least pushed it to the side because he knew how important his faith was. “Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus” (Mark 15:43).

So often our fear of others prevents us from doing the right thing. He was afraid of the Jews and of what they would think of him. Are we ever afraid of our friends, our family members, or our business associates? Do we fear that doing the right thing will put us in a bad light? Does our fear prevent us from fully serving the Lord and standing up for His truth?

Don’t let cowardice overtake your courage. God has warned His people throughout history of the danger of fear and has encouraged them to be brave in their faith. “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25).

The darkest warning comes in the final book of the Bible. Heading the list of those who “shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” is “the cowardly” (Revelation 21:8). Don’t be a secret disciple. Don’t be afraid to be faithful.

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Day 83/260: Read Mark 15

What was wrong with this crowd? How could they be so deceived that they chose to release a rebellious murderer rather than the King of kings and Lord of lords?

Certainly, we would never make such a poor decision, would we?

But when we speak ill of our brothers and sisters, our neighbors, and others who are made in the image of God, do we not do the same?

When we lie, cheat, and steal, are we not serving the adversary rather than the Anointed?

When we allow ourselves to be deceived by the wisdom of the world, are we not offering ourselves up to be devoured by the devil?

Are we not choosing Satan over God?

Let us take care that we do not judge others who made mistakes, because we too often make those same mistakes! Yes, the Jews chose Barabbas over Jesus; many times we make the same foolish choice today.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Mark 16:16. “He who believes ___________ is baptized will be ___________; but he who does not believe will be ___________.”

Pray

Pray for wisdom when making decisions, always seeking the guidance of God through His revealed Word.