There have been times in my life where I felt the need to do something I thought was for myself, then days, weeks or even months later God reveals his purpose for it. This is what I thought about when I read Matthew 27:57-60 where Joseph of Arimathea gets the courage to ask Pilate for Jesus’ body so he can bury him. Verse 59-60 tell us after he wrapped Jesus’ body in linen, he “laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock (NASB).”
Scripture does not give us any more detail about why Joseph had a new tomb, but the point is that when a tomb was needed it was ready for Jesus’ body. Chiseling a tomb out of rock is not something that happens in a few hours. It takes preparation. It took planning to select a site and hire people to chisel it out of the rock. Joseph may have been preparing for his own burial, but I wonder if he felt an urgency to get it done; perhaps a nudging from God?
Joseph may have prepared the tomb for his own purposes, but it ended up playing an important role in God’s purposes. It became the place for Jesus’s resurrection from the dead. I wonder if Joseph was amazed by the thought he felt months before that he should prepare a tomb. I am always humbled when I act on a thought from God that seems like a small thing, but ends up being something important to God’s plan.
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