Saturday, April 15, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - A Rich Man Of Arimathea







Saturday April 15
Holy Saturday

Bible Reading:     Matt. 27: 57 - 66

Topic:         A Rich Man Of Arimathea

On that day of crucifixion, Jesus died before they could break any of His bones to hasten death, thus fulfilling another prophecy of David (Ps. 34: 20)

To  make assurance doubly sure therefore, the soldiers thrust a spear into His side, fulfilling yet another prophecy by Zechariah (Zech. 12: 10)

A certain rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, a member of the Sanhedrin who did not agree with the plotters who killed Jesus approached Pilate for the release of the body so He could be buried in the expensive tomb he had prepared for his own burial.

Then the Jewish leaders arranged to secure the tomb with a very heavy stone, placed a Roman seal over the tomb (v. 66) and appointed guards to watch over it.

The courageous action of Joseph of Arimathea is worthy of note. Though he was a secret disciple, his sacrificial giving of his expensive tomb brought him to the limelight as a genuine follower at a time when all Jesus Disciples had gone into hiding for fear of the authorities.

In your local Church, what can you offer for the furtherance of the Gospel in your locality?

In what ways can you stand up courageously for the cause of Christ?

Prayer:

Lord grant me the grace to give generously for Your Service without counting the loss, Amen

Memory verse:   Matt. 27 : 67

"So, they went and made the sepulchre sure; sealing the stone and setting a watch"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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