Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Poor People (Part 30)
To Whom Much Is Given
Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the Body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the Body of Jesus. And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
John 19:38-39 (NKJV)*
Since we know godly people can be wealthy, consider four who knew Jesus as a Man.
1) Jairus, a synagogue ruler in Galilee with a gravely ill daughter. He humbled himself at the Feet of the mysterious, young Preacher.
2) Nicodemus, a Pharisee and Sanhedrin member who came to Jesus at night. He stood up for the betrayed Deliverer before His accusers.
3) Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple and council member who donated his tomb. He exposed his faith and risked his life by asking for the Lord's Body.
4) Zacchaeus, a short tax collector who became a repentant philanthropist. He instantly and eagerly turned from a taker to a giver.
Perhaps these men are examples of how rich people can live for Christ. They made their faith in the Lord public, even among nonbelievers. Pleasing their old friends paled in comparison to pleasing their new King. Each proved willing to part with money or status for Jesus.
Because 'From everyone who has been given much, much will be required' (Luke 12:48).**
To Be Continued...
* Commentary on Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus in the burial of Jesus: https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/ivp-nt/Joseph-Nicodemus-Bury-Jesus-Body
** Short article: What does it mean, 'To whom much is given, much will be required' (Luke 12:48)? http://www.gotquestions.org/much-given-required.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.