What Jesus Did! 'Gathering His Courage' — Mark 15:42-43

Monday, December 19, 2016

This day was called Preparation day. (That means the day before the Sabbath day.) It was becoming dark. A man named Joseph from Arimathea was brave enough to go to Pilate and ask for Jesus' body. Joseph was an important member of the Jewish council. He was one of the people that wanted the kingdom of God to come.
— Mark 15:42-43
Illustration of Mark 15:42-43 —  He was one of the people that wanted the kingdom of God to come.

Key Thought

If we love Jesus and remember his suffering and humiliation on the Cross, we too can gather our courage and stand up for him—even when there is much to lose and there appears to be nothing to gain. However, we need to remember that there is always something to be gained because God can do great things even from our faithfulness in the smallest things.

Today's Prayer

O God Almighty, stir my courage and empower me to stand for Jesus even when things do not look promising and many enemies surround me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

This day was called Preparation day. (That means the day before the Sabbath day.) It was becoming dark. A man named Joseph from Arimathea was brave enough to go to Pilate and ask for Jesus' body. Joseph was an important member of the Jewish council. He was one of the people that wanted the kingdom of God to come. Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead. Pilate called the army officer that guarded Jesus. Pilate asked the officer if Jesus was already dead. The officer told Pilate that Jesus was dead. So Pilate told Joseph he could have the body. Joseph bought some linen cloth. Joseph took the body {from the cross} and wrapped the body in the linen. Then Joseph put the body in a tomb (grave) that was dug in a wall of rock. Then Joseph closed the tomb by rolling a large stone to cover the entrance. Mary from Magdala and Mary the mother of Joses saw the place where Jesus was put.

Mark 15:42-47

Related Scripture Readings

You are brothers and sisters in Christ, so continue loving each other. Always remember to help people by accepting them into your home. Some people have done that and have helped angels without knowing it. Don't forget those people in prison. Remember them like you are in prison with them. And don't forget those people who are suffering. Remember them like you are suffering with them.

Hebrews 13:1-3

The people that live now are living in a sinful and evil time. If any person is ashamed of me and my teaching, then I will be ashamed of that person. I will be ashamed of that person at the time I come with the glory of my Father and the holy angels."

Mark 8:38

Don't be afraid of the things that will happen to you. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison. He will do this to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But be faithful, even if you have to die. If you continue faithful, then I will give you the crown of life.

Revelation 2:10

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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