‘As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus’ ~ Matthew 27:57
Joseph of Arimathea ministered to Christ in a very unique way. We don’t hear him giving up his profession like Peter, James and John or sharing his wealth with the poor like Zacchaeus. He did something that no one else had probably thought of. He went up to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, wrapped it in clean linen cloth and then placed it in a new tomb cut out from a rock. The Bible says he was a rich man and also a disciple of Jesus. And true enough, he showed respect, care and concern to his Lord. He did not leave Jesus’ body at the disposal of the angry crowd nor let it be treated as public property.
As disciples of Christ we get several opportunities to minister to him by ministering to God’s people, especially those in need. One such opportunity is to lend support to those experiencing the death of a loved one. Preparing meals, organising the funeral service, ordering the coffin and the hearse van, arranging for delivery of funeral wreaths, booking condolence space in the newspaper, informing church and cell group members, picking up family members from the airport or railway station and much more. Extending support to those grieving the loss of a loved one will sooth their aching heart and uplift their spirits. Its a great feeling to know that someone cares and is willing to go the extra mile and do the needful without being asked or told.
Lets be mindful to help wherever and whenever possible.
Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the many opportunities you give me to minister to you by helping the body of Christ. Give me a sincere and dedicated heart to serve others in need, especially those grieving the loss of a loved one. May your love shine through me. Amen.”
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