After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed His body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. John 19:38-39
Jesus is dead. Our living Jesus Savior; sweet tender-hearted compassionate merciful justice-breathing healer guider Creator suffering-Servant pure-Loving teacher guider, everything alive, is dead. Life is silent and bare. Strong arms of Joseph of Arimathea carry His body-shell He leaves behind temporarily.
What a day in History. Has there ever been a greater sadness that existed on this earth then when Jesus was crucified by evil? The angels were silent, creation groaned, the torn temple veil lay on the floor untouched, and one believer’s arms carries His lifeless body with such great caring that God’s breath paused knowing.
God knows all of our thoughts and He Cares. Our Caring Heavenly Father’s arms are stronger, steadier, surer, and mightier than ours combined. That Third Day revival Touch from our Heavenly Father readies itself– that’s when our Heavenly Father turns our wailing into dancing, takes away our sorrow and gives us joy, and when God will delight in His people as they Rejoice and sing for Christ’s Joy.