Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
Where would we be without ‘good and righteous men’? And good and righteous women too, of course… they are the people that do the right thing, at the right time. Or, at least, try to.
All too often they are that voice crying out in the wilderness. Or those inviting people on different sides of an argument to, perhaps, shout a little less and respect each other a little more.
But I sometimes wonder about our Joe. Was he really that righteous? It could be that this was just a case of wanting things to get done – he was working to a deadline, after all. The sun was about to set, Sabbath was about to begin and the issue of what to do with Jesus’ body needed to be dealt with quickly.
Maybe Joe was just a stickler for the rules?
When it comes to making decisions, choosing a path…what guides you?
Are you a stickler for the rules? Or ‘good and righteous’?
Loving God, Joseph didn’t know what would happen when he gave the burial plot to Jesus’ followers. He just did.
Give us the generosity of spirit and action to just do what is right when the time comes.
Leo Roberts is the Children and Youth Development Officer for the North Western Synod.
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