#134 Eight Things About Joseph Arimathea
I am Fred Myers the founder of For the Fathers Ministry, and this is Faith by the Numbers.
Count your way to wisdom in number one-hundred and thirty-four of this series, Eight Things About Joseph Arimathea.
The supernatural use of numbers in the Bible is found throughout the scriptures. In the Bible, the number eight represents a new beginning. When Joseph Arimathea ask for and receives the body of Jesus for burial; we see Joseph do eight important things. But, I want you to notice the first step in the process. It is an important first step for every Christian, take courage. Did you know that the Book of Revelation has the only use of the word “cowardly” in the whole Bible? You will see the importance of courage in the life of a Christian, because it is stated that the portion of the cowardly will be the Lake of Fire.
Re 21:8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire.”
Eight Things About Joseph Arimathea:
- He took courage
- He went
- He asked for the body of Jesus Christ
- He purchased a linen shroud
- He took Jesus down from the Cross
- He wrapped the body of Jesus
- He laid Jesus in the tomb
- He rolled a stone over the entrance
When the stone was supernaturally and divinely rolled away, Christianity was born. It was a new beginning. The Bible depicts the disciples in fear and doubt, both before and after the crucifixion. During the three nights that Jesus lay in the tomb there was not a single Christian in the world.
Joseph Arimathea took courage, went, spoke, and with gentleness and kindness acted in love, and this is all that God is asking of every Christian today. As a Christian, you are commanded to take courage, go, speak, and act in love.
I am Fred Myers, and this is Faith by the Numbers.
It is my prayer that many will count their way to wisdom through this series and find the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Mk 15:42 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Mk 15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Mk 15:44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. Mk 15:45 And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. Mk 15:46 And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mk 15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 4:05 AM CDT