March 18, 2020 Daily Devotion
-Asst Pastor J.P. Moreaux
He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. – Matthew 27:58-60
“…and laid it (the body of Jesus) in HIS OWN NEW TOMB.” Oh the irony… yet profound, exemplifying truth! Now, millions of people have gone into Jerusalem to visit the tomb of Jesus Christ. You and I can go right now and behold the very place our Saviour laid dead only to rise out of the grave! Hallelujah! There’s just one thing about that: it wasn’t Jesus’s tomb! This tomb, as these verses clarify, was Joseph’s! Now the Greek word for “tomb” is defined as follows: “any visible object for preserving or recalling the memory of a person.” Glory! Do you see it?! The tomb of Joseph, that is to say the memory or recalling of Joseph, is now known as the tomb, or memory/recalling of Jesus! When you and I visit the tomb of Joseph, we don’t know it to be Joseph’s. Instead, we know Jesus! When we see the tomb of Joseph, we memorialize Jesus! When we peer into the tomb of Joseph, the divine nature of The Messiah is preserved! Oh, Christian! Will it be said of us?! Will OUR NEW TOMB not memorialize us but rather memorialize Jesus?! Will the tomb of our lives reflect the things of this world in human semblance, or will it magnify the miraculous wonder of our Lord and Saviour?! When people look back on you and me, will they see our carnal, temporal beings or will they peer into the very heart and power of Jesus Christ and see Him?! Is the eulogy of who we were in all actuality bearing credence to the I AM?! This life is not our own… may our distant memory not be either. Instead, may it be a portal for whosever to peer into the glorious wonder of God Himself! Who do you have lying in your tomb?!
“ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”