“He was one who lived expectantly, on the lookout …”
I love that: “one who lived expectantly, on the lookout for the kingdom of God.”
I think that was difference between Joseph and the other members of the Jewish Council. He was LOOKING for God and expecting that He would be at work!
All the members of the Jewish Council were well versed in their own Hebrew history and workings of the Lord, as were the Pharisees and Sadducees. But it seems that it had become just knowledge and they were not really looking for the “Alive God” the “God is With Us” God. Things are not so different today. We have churches full of people who ‘know’ about God but really don’t expect Him to do much. God is Alive! He never sleeps or slumbers! He tells us to seek Him and we will find Him!
I believe God is at work all around us! We just need to look with expectant eyes, just like Joseph of Arimathea!
I want to always live expectantly, looking to see God at work all around me and throughout the kingdom of God. What is He doing today in your life?
Mark 15:42-45 Late in the afternoon, since it was the Day of Preparation (that is, Sabbath eve), Joseph of Arimathea, a highly respected member of the Jewish Council, came. He was one who lived expectantly, on the lookout for the kingdom of God. Working up his courage, he went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate questioned whether he could be dead that soon and called for the captain to verify that he was really dead. Assured by the captain, he gave Joseph the corpse.
15:46-47 Having already purchased a linen shroud, Joseph took him down, wrapped him in the shroud, placed him in a tomb that had been cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the opening. Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of Joses, watched the burial.
On the Journey …. Valerie