What Love Looks Like

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Leviticus 19-20; Matthew 27:51-66


57 That evening a man named Joseph came. He was a rich man from Arimathea who had become a disciple of Jesus. 58 He came to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission to take it. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had carved out of the rock. After he rolled a large stone at the door of the tomb, he went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting in front of the tomb (Matthew 27:57-61, Common English Bible).

Late one night I was up and had the television on. I hadn’t been paying that much attention but the host said one of the founding members of the rock group Pink Floyd would be on next. I am not a fan of that genre of rock music in general and Pink Floyd in particular. I started to turn it off and go back to what I was working on but for some reason, I didn’t and I started listening to Roger Waters song. When he finished I had yet another reason that I didn’t like his music. Read his lyrics:

If I had been God
I would have rearranged the veins in the face to make them more
Resistant to alcohol and less prone to aging
If I had been God
I would have sired many sons and I would not have suffered
The Romans to kill even one of them
If I had been God
With my staff and my rod
If I had been given the nod
I believe I could have done a better job.
It seems clear to me that Mr. Waters has no real idea the love that God has for the human creature. For we who are Trinitarian Christians, there is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Three persons make God but there is only one God. To follow that to its logical conclusion, that would mean that God died on the cross. God died so we could have life, life everlasting. I am not even going to go into his words, “If I had been given the nod, I believe I could have done a better job. That is pretty arrogant.  And, while I am not going there with this post, I reserve the right to talk about it in the future.
In today’s reading, we see love. We see the love God has for us, but we also see the love one man had for God. Even today, the family or friends of a capital felon probably aren’t treated very well when they go to visit. In Jesus’ day, it would have been much worse.
Joseph of Arimethia did something almost unthinkable. This man had the courage to go to Pilate and ask for Jesus’ body. He wanted to make sure Jesus was treated with dignity and respect. He didn’t want Jesus’ body thrown out like it were trash. He didn’t want Jesus’ body to be buried in a common grave. Had Jesus been buried in a common grave, how would anyone have known he had risen. What Joseph did was brave. What Joseph did, someone had to do. In these actions, Joseph showed his love for Jesus, just as on the cross Jesus showed his love for Joseph, and for us.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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