Out of the upheaval and resulting division that is taking place both in the nations of the world and within the Church, something unexpected will take place. A courageous faith like the faith of Joseph of Arimathea will be revealed.
Joseph of Arimathea was a prominent religious leader. He was a secret disciple because he feared the repercussions that would follow the public disclosure of his faith. Joseph represents many in the Church today who are faithful followers, yet their faith has not been made public. It has been lived in private.
After the Lord’s crucifixion, Joseph wanted to honor the body of Jesus. This act of honor would be the coming out moment of Joseph’s faith. He went to Pilate, a Roman government official, and asked for the body of Jesus. Now both the government and the religious group to which Joseph belonged would realize in no uncertain terms where Joseph stood.
Joseph owned a tomb where he…