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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:42-43 NLT —  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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 13:1-3
  • Mark 8:38
  • 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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