What would someone act like if they were “waiting for the kingdom of God?” What would they do for Jesus?
Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead. And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
Not only was it dangerous to be known as a follower of Jesus at this time, but what Joseph did wasn’t even for a living Jesus! He wouldn’t have been expecting a reward for heroism. No one knew that Jesus was going to come back to life. No, Joseph honored Jesus simply out of respect and great love.
What does a person do if they’re waiting for the kingdom of God? They gather up their courage. They serve Jesus without regard for their safety or a reward. They do what’s in their heart out of respect and great, great love.
This passage meant much more to me on 2/2/17 than it did when I wrote it for the book. Take courage, friends. Serve Jesus, even if it means doing something you have to gather up your courage for. God save America, and save everyone else from America.
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.