God always puts humans in pairs.
Two by two,
the walk through city gates
and city doors.
As it turns out,
there were two wealthy men
who helped fulfill the Word of God.
Joseph of Arimathea
provided the new tomb
and Nicodemus brought about
one hundred pounds
of costly myrrh and aloes
to prepare the body of the Son of Man.
“Jesus was assigned a grave -
with wicked men”
He hung on the cross between sinful men;
and he died for the transgressions
of all humans.
One would curse him,
and the other would repent
and be forgiven.
God would always leave
a remnant behind.
And Jesus would be buried
“with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.”
Jesus would also be a cut rock -
who would bring
the kingdom of Satan down.
“the rock cut out of a mountain,
but not by human hands -
a rock that would break
the iron, the bronze and the clay,
the silver and the gold to pieces.”
Our great God has revealed
what will take place in the future.
His Word is trustworthy and true -
and so is this interpretation.
Hold onto these words
that I’m telling you,
for they are trustworthy and true.
Do not let one of them go.
They represent the Kingdom of God.
I am telling you,
the Lord our God inspires me,
every single morning
as I faithfully and fearfully
write these poetic sermons
for the people of God to hear.
You see, Disciples of Jesus
never walk alone,
unless the are specifically called.
And this only happens
when a person is directed by God
to deliver a difficult message,
usually to a group of people
who are acting in opposition to God.
But we must remember -
the message is always the same!
“Repent and turn you heart back to God.”
We must understand,
in our heart and our minds,
that Jesus is the only rightful King!
He is the ONLY key
that opens the door to Heaven.
Do not forget -
Disciples are assigned in pairs.
The Lord appoints and sends
His brothers and sisters ahead of him;
“two by two, into every town
and place where he himself is about to go.”
Disciples are humans,
men, women and children,
Jews and Gentiles,
People from every tongue,
tribe and nation,
who are willing to prepare
the way for the Lord,
who are willing to prepare the way
for the Kingdom of God.
Everyone is given the freedom
to hear the voice of their good Shepherd,
to follow the Word of God.
Not one sheep is greater.
They are all inferior to God.
In fact, it’s the humble in Spirit
that will inherit the Kingdom of God.
For the last are greater than the first.
Despite the cost,
disciples of Christ do not look back.
No matter what.
They do not act like the wife of Lot.
Now Listen up.
“As they were walking along the road,
a man said to him,
“I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens
and birds have nests,
but the Son of Man has no place
to lay his head.”
He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go
and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him,
“Let the dead bury their own dead,
but you go
and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Still another said,
“I will follow you, Lord;
but first let me go back
and say goodbye to my family.”
“No one who puts a hand to the plow
and looks back is fit for service
in the kingdom of God.”
To follow Jesus,
and prepare the way for the Lord,
we must be willing to walk out
into the wilderness alone.
We must be willing to sacrifice
all that we own,
and put our full hope
on the Word of God.
“As evening approached,
there came a rich man
from Arimathea, named Joseph,
who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.”
“Joseph took the body,
wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
and placed it in his own new tomb
that he had cut out of the rock.
He rolled a big stone
in front of the entrance to the tomb
and went away.
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary
were sitting there opposite the tomb.”
“Later, Joseph of Arimathea
asked Pilate for the body of Jesus.
Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus,
but secretly - because he feared
the Jewish leaders.
With Pilate’s permission,
he came and took the body away.
He was accompanied by Nicodemus,
the man who earlier
had visited Jesus at night.
Nicodemus brought a mixture
of myrrh and aloes,
about seventy-five pounds.
Taking Jesus’ body,
the two of them wrapped it,
with the spices, in strips of linen.
This was in accordance
with Jewish burial customs.
At the place where
Jesus was crucified,
there was a garden,
and in the garden a new tomb,
in which no one had ever been laid.
Because it was
the Jewish day of Preparation
and since the tomb was nearby,
they laid Jesus there.”
Joseph and Nicodemus
prepared the burial
and body of Christ;
in a garden
that had never been touched.
And from this tomb,
the Lord would rise up,
as a first fruit from the Tree of Life.
I am the voice of one,
Crying out from the wilderness.
Prepare the way of the Lord!
For the Lord is coming back soon!
There is a New Jerusalem.
It will contain the Glory of God.
It is all written down.
The Lord’s Word is trustworthy and true!
Mary and Mary were there.
Watching and waiting
for the right time to respond.
Two witnesses -
two are better than one.
And a cord of three can never be broken.