The Body of Jesus

When Jesus died there was a disciple of His by the name of Joseph. Joseph came to Pilate and begged him for the body of Jesus so he could care for it. We are told that Joseph took the body of Christ and wrapped it in fine linen that he had purchased and laid it in a tomb that was cut out of a rock (Mark 15:44-46). As I read this I couldn’t help but think about how the church is called the body of Christ (Col. 1:24). Think first of all about how that Joseph was not ashamed to be identified with the body of Jesus. Joseph did not mind others knowing that he loved and cared for Jesus Christ and that he was a follower of Him. Likewise, we should not be ashamed to be identified with Christ and His body, which is the church. I’m so thankful to be a part of New Testament Baptist Church and I love each member of Christ’s body in this place. Jesus was not ashamed to call us His brothers and neither should we be ashamed of one another. I also think about the sacrifice that Joseph gave in order to care for the body of Christ. He was willing to buy fine linen which would not have been cheap. We too should be willing to give sacrificially to the needs within the Lord’s body that we are a part of. Joseph also shows tender care of the body of Christ as he wraps it and lays it in the tomb. We too are encouraged in the Word of God to be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving toward one another(Eph. 4:32). We may not be able to do exactly what Joseph did by actually caring for the literal body of Christ. We are however able to care for the members of His body, which is the church. Jesus teaches us that when we serve His body that we are serving Him, and when we neglect the church we are neglecting Him. I pray the Lord give us the heart of Joseph so that we may faithfully care for the body of Christ where the Lord has placed us to serve Him.