Easter Activity: Day 10 (Good Friday)

 
 
Supplies: Egg #10 – Cotton Ball with Spices
 
“Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.”  Luke 23:56
 
Jesus was surely dead.  Everyone that was there at the foot of the cross was absolutely positive the horror of it all was over.  They saw the soldier pierce his side and blood and water ran out (John 19:34).
 
So now what? Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body.  When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes.  Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth (John 19:38-40).
 
Now was the time for Joseph and Nicodemus, who were both prominent men with a lot to lose, to give Jesus the best of what they had.  Joseph owned a tomb, never used before, but before he could do anything, he had to get permission from Pilate to take Jesus’ body down. He could no longer secretly worship Jesus.  Nicodemus purchased the supplies needed to wrap and pack Jesus’ body. They wanted to give him a proper burial, which would not have been the norm for someone crucified like a common thief.
 
Luke 23:56 is talking about the women who had been followers of Jesus, including Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses.  They saw where Jesus was buried and went home to prepare the spices to finish the preparation of the body of Jesus. They used their own means to purchase the spices and ointments, but because of the Sabbath, they waited to complete the task at hand.
 
God used their desire to give their very best to set them up to be the first witnesses of the greatest miracle to ever occur.  The women knew exactly where Jesus’s body was. There was no mistaking it. There was also no way that they could have mistaken which body in the tomb was missing (since it was a tomb never used before).  Although their desire was to give, they knew the time wasn’t right yet – they had to wait. Little did they know that in their waiting God was still working. If they had snuck back in to finish the job (although their intentions would have been good), they wouldn’t have had reason to go back to the tomb on Sunday morning.  They might have missed their opportunity to witness the empty tomb, and to be the first to proclaim that Jesus was alive.
 
How often do we run ahead of God and manipulate situations or justify the means because our intentions are good?  When we give our very best to God and wait on Him to use us and our offerings for His glory and not our own, we are letting Him set us up to witness Him move and show us how powerful and miraculous He is.  We need to remember that everything we offer back to God is His anyway and the mountain that seems like it is in our way, may be there to set us up to witness miraculous wonders. If this life isn’t about me, then I can trust God with the timing of everything.
 
Activity: Draw an empty tomb.  Either write the words or draw the best of the gifts that you can offer God.  Then pray that we can wait on His timing to use the things we offer for His glory and our good.
 
Songs:
“I Will Offer Up My Life” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWP05Fm39sY
“Great Are You Lord” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZqV6i98SkA

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