Joseph of Arimathea is a relatively minor figure in the New Testament. We don’t think much about him except around Easter when believers remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Yet much can be learned from his example.
I’ve come to believe that there is perhaps no virtue in our society that is lacking more than contentment. People (myself included) are perpetually dissatisfied, whether it has to do with their personal identity, their money and possessions, or their life situation. They are driven by a constant craving to be someone they are not, have something they do not, or be somewhere they are not.
God holds Himself to account so that arguably His coming for the purpose of extending salvation is part of the justice He requires of Himself. All the earth thunders with the Reality that He created what is “very good,” benevolent and life-supporting toward every other aspect of creation and yet, paradoxically, toward “free will” or “choice” that can resolve down to decay and death (Gen .2:16-17). He allows for the possibility of deplorable rebellion, yet never dismisses the labor of His own hands but retains accountability to ever act toward restoration.
Those of us living in twenty-first century America find ourselves in a culture obsessed with the heroic. The popularity of the current spate of superhero movies, which shows no sign of going away any time soon, is perhaps the most flamboyant manifestation. But the issue is even more pervasive, extending to heroes of all kinds: sports heroes, war heroes, even the “everyday” heroes featured at the ends of newscasts.
As a woman called to teach the Word, I’m often looking for ministries or resources that better equip me to teach women. When I discover a good resource or get to be a part of a ministry that helps women handle the Bible well, I want to share! So I’m highlighting the Verity Fellowship, an excellent ministry in the Pacific Northwest geared towards women who minister the Word.