Scripture Reflection: Luke 23
50Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God.
Joseph may have been then during the trial of Jesus. He may have had to watch as the trumped up changes were brought. Hands tied as to what he could hope to accomplish he was in the room but powerless to effect change on the hearts of the leadership.
52Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body. 53Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
Sometimes good upright men can do little to change or impact the outcome of events that have taken on a life of their own. At times to be in the middle of the mix is even worse than being totally excluded. I wonder if Joesph wanted to scream...and to argue and to plead with his fellow council members,.
Good and upright men in dark times find ways to light the world around them. They use the resources that they have and they make a difference. Even when that means taking a risk, they risk what they have to shine in the darkness that surrounds them. Joseph went to Pilate not a particularly safe thing to do as a Jew, and asked for the body of Jesus...he just could not stop thinking about the empty tomb that he owned.
Note to self:Simple things in dark times leave and impact. A word spoken...a gift given...a meal prepared...a kind word said.
Lord Jesus help me shine with simple acts. In this day there will be darkness that will surround me at times...help me be a light, a reflection of your light in the places I find myself today.