42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid. (Mark 15:42-47)
Good Friday changed the course of human history. For those who were actual participants in the events, when Saturday came many would have been without hope. Even those close to Jesus didn’t know what was coming. Often we also find ourselves in circumstances that seem hopeless. Unlike the contemporaries of Jesus though, we know that Sunday came, resurrection came, eternal life came and hopelessness is dispelled. Tomorrow we celebrate the foundation of salvation for disciples of Jesus. We also celebrate the basis for hope in all our circumstances.
You will recall that when we started our journey we assessed where we were in the practice of the Disciplines using the table below.
|Level of Discipline|
|Discipline||What success looks like||High||Medium||Low|
|Bible Study||A habit of regular Bible study.|
|Prayer||A habit of praying in all circumstances.|
|Worship||A lifestyle of submission to God.|
|Fellowship||Commitment not to “go it alone” but rather to grow with other believers.|
|Fasting||Periodically sacrificing our natural desires for a deeper relationship with Jesus.|
|Creation||An attitude of enjoying God’s creation.|
|Stewardship||Daily choosing to submit to God’s agenda since he owns everything.|
|Spiritual Warfare||Recognizing and resisting temptations.|
|Service||Daily choosing to go where Jesus would go and do what Jesus would do.|
|Sabbath||Commitment to setting apart a day for rest.|
|Counsel||A humble spirit which leads to seeking and receiving wise advice.|
I encourage you to keep assessing yourself throughout the year, and remember that in this regard there is great hope as well. We can look forward to living the Disciplines 365/366 days of the year with renewed vigor, through the power of the resurrection, and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for participating in this Journey. May God richly bless you as you use the Disciplines as a tool to strengthen your love for God and man!
Please read the passage above and consider the request below.
If you feel led please share your thoughts on the Resurrection and your commitment to practice the Disciplines for God’s glory.