Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 17, 2019

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – “For we are His workmanship” – “endure hardship … fulfill your ministry”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 23:50-56.

“And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God;  this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain.  It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.  Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid.  Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes.

And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.”  Luke 23:50-56.

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Today’s devotion is going to focus on Joseph “who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man”.

We may not be able to prevent wicked things from happening.  Joseph was not able to prevent Jesus from being crucified.

But, we should not consent to the plan and action of the wicked.  Joseph “had not consented to their plan and action” to crucify Jesus.

We may be able to do good works in wicked environment.  Joseph did a good work in going to Pilate and asking for the body of Jesus and laying Him in a new tomb.

There are good works that God has prepared us to do.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

Joseph did a good work for which he is remembered.  We are also reminded of a woman who came to Jesus Him with very costly perfume poured it on His head as He reclined at the table.  Jesus rebuked the disciples who criticized her.   “For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial.  Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”  Matthew 26:12-13.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12::21.

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous;  love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;  it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

“But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”  2 Timothy 4:5.


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