The Burial of Jesus
MARK 15: 42-47
42When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. 44Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead. 45And ascertaining this from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 46Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were looking on to see where He was laid.
OUTLINE + QUESTIONS
- Shy Servant:
Mark describes Joseph as someone who “gathered up courage” before going into request Jesus’ body. What does “risk” show us about our values that we hold deeply? How has risk been part of being a disciple of Jesus for you? Are there areas of your life that risk is “off limits” for the sake of following Jesus? How might you be called to repent and walk toward Jesus in those areas?
- Ruthless Ruler:
How does treating other people as objects of annoyance or inconvenience effect your heart? In what ways are you tempted to escape responsibility or deal with the impact that you have on others? What ways can you learn to grow in your awareness of how you impact others & grow in your ability to follow the “one another’s” of the New Testament?
- Faithful Followers:
In what ways has disappointment been part of your journey as a disciple of Jesus? What does your disappointment show you about your core beliefs? How does Jesus want to meet you there and grow you?