A Glorious Gift
Joseph of Arimathea gave a man he loved the only gift he could.
Joseph was a “prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God” (Mark 15:43).
He was a “rich man” and a “disciple of Jesus” (Matthew 27:57).
He was apparently a strong man and hard worker, as he himself cut a tomb out of rock (Matthew 27:60).
He was a bold man, for he went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ dead body (Mark 15:43).
Joseph’s teacher and friend, his Lord and Savior was crucified, his body broken and barely unrecognizable.
What could he do for Jesus now? How could he possibly show his love for this dead man?
Joseph of Arimathea gave Jesus the only thing he could give: an empty tomb.
Along with Nicodemus, he wrapped Jesus’ body with spices and strips of linen in order to follow Jewish burial customs (John 19:39-40). Then Joseph walked away; he left his friend in a dark tomb.
Joseph gave all he could for his Savior.
However, God used Joseph’s gift, his dark tomb, for something more … something much more.
On Sunday, the cave of death turned into the cave of resurrection.
Darkness turned into light.
Death became life.
God raised Jesus from the dead. Out of the tomb, He arose!
Although it was dark and cold, a place for death and decay, Joseph of Arimathea gave the only gift he could give.
God is the One who turned dark and cold, death and decay into resurrected life.
What gift do you have for your Savior? You may think your gift is not worthy. But you are wrong. Whatever you give, God turns it into light and life.
Joseph was wealthy, a prominent man. All he had was an empty tomb.
Whoever you are … whatever your position … no matter how small, how minuscule, how unimportant your gift seems to you, God turns it into something useable, something glorious, something everlasting.
Let God take your gift—even if it’s a dark, cold tomb filled with death and decay—and make it beautiful, for His purpose, for His glory.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” (James 1:17)