Lk.2.35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.As we have seen, Pilate’s giving the body to Joseph of Arimathea quite possibly ended his political career.
Given that he attempted on about 6 occasions to get Jesus set free,
given that he publicly washes his hands of the whole evil business,
given that his wife sent a strongly dissuading message to him (implying surely, that they had discussed this man in private on many occasions),
and given that he puts up what must have been a very BIG sign saying that Jesus was the Messiah (THE King of the Jews) – since it was written in 3 languages
- it is quite easy to see the thoughts of his heart.
But it wasn’t only the thoughts of HIS heart which were revealed. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea’s hearts were also exposed for the enemy to see.
Take Joseph’s first.
As possibly a very rich man (because he owns a NEW tomb), who held a high office in the nation: (Mk 14.35 Strongs: 1) a councillor, senator 2) a member of the Sanhedrin): he went ‘boldly’ and asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. I have no doubt that he was emboldened to do this by Pilate’s obvious reluctance to condemn Jesus, but even so, he knew that his evil colleagues would hear about it.
But he didn’t care. Let them do their worst – expel him from the synagogue, confiscate his property, blacken his name as they would, he no longer cared.
And in so doing, he performs a deed of kindness for the Lord which can never be repeated. A deed which shows so plainly the love, the affection, the respect, the regard that he had for the Lord and His Father, that words cannot convey the immensity of the value of his action in the eyes of the Father.
Imagine if you will, that your only, well-beloved son, is murdered in Iraq, and as is the custom, they are about to sling his dead body into the local rubbish dump, where it will be exposed to the beaks of the vultures, and be burnt over a period of days.
And now imagine that someone steps up, and at the risk of his position, property and standing in the eyes of his colleagues, asks the governor of Iraq for the body, and says ‘No, you can’t let that happen, sir. Let me have it, and I’ll give him a decent burial in my family tomb’.
How could you possibly repay such a deed? I don’t know, but I’m certain that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ can, and will, when the time comes.
Edited by Asyncritus, 16 October 2009 - 04:51 PM.