Thursday, July 1, 2010

July 2, Friday Devotion

July 2, Friday Devotion
Matthew 27:57-66
57 As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, 58 went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. 60 He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. 61 Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.
    62 The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. 63 They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.”
    65 Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” 66 So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.
Quick Notes/Questions
Two different groups of people are taking special care about the same man.  One group is preparing the body of one they loved while the other... well, frankly, is covering their own tracks.  The second group are concerned that perhaps they are wrong about Jesus, and their words ring true.  What kind of things have you tried to cover up making things worse?
Quick Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, may my faith stand whatever scrutiny that comes my way.  Amen.

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