Mark 15:42-47

                When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

                Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph.

                Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.

 

From Rev. Dr. W. Darwin Collins

Vice-President, Christian Church Foundation

What would life be without those expectant events of life? Births, marriages, holidays, birthdays, new jobs, family visits, retirements…and for Joseph of Arimathea, and us, the coming of God’s kingdom.

These weeks and days of Lent are a time of waiting and expectancy of the celebration of our hope in the resurrection of Jesus, our Christ. We wait expectantly for that celebration and the renewal of our faith that resurrection is a truth, not just for Jesus, but us as well.

Yet, in his expectancy, Joseph gave us an excellent model of how to wait. He did some shopping (the linen), he prepared the grave, he recruited helpers to carry the body, and he made preparations to secure the tomb. The waiting period of expectancy is not idle time, but time of making preparations. Surely we experience that as we prepare to receive either a new child or family visitors and friends.

The whole of the Lenten season is dedicated to a preparation, not solely of our homes and churches for the Easter observance, but for our spirits to be renewed in our hope and expectation of our living Christ. Even on this final day of Lent…may we work to prepare in our expectancy!

 

Come Lord, Jesus, come! Amen!

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We are grateful for your support of Disciples Mission Fund which helps to underwrite the cost of this and many of our Region’s ministries.  We urge you to support the Easter Offering for General Ministries, which will be received tomorrow at your local Disciples congregation.

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