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The Lenten Journey 2015 – Don’t Be Afraid

FeleciaTeasley-1John 19:38-42 NI

38 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. 39 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.[e] 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 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. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Sometimes, like Joseph of Arimathea, challenges surrounding your life will take you to a place in your spirituality where you are afraid to reveal yourself as a disciple of Christ. It may be because you don’t want to be verbally persecuted by others. It may be because some people may think that you are not worthy of discipleship. It may be because it’s not the right time that your discipleship needs to be revealed. Or, it may be that your discipleship is silenced just like Joseph of Arimathea. Joseph of Arimathea, the disciple that sat on the Senate that decided to crucify Jesus. Joseph of Arimathea, the disciple that chose not to be afraid to ask Pontius Pilate for body of Jesus after his crucifixion.

Don’t be afraid to reveal your discipleship when God tells you it’s time for it to be revealed.
Don’t be afraid to make an opportunity to speak of Christ when others are speaking against Christ or is not speaking of Christ at all.
Don’t be afraid to keep your discipleship silent when silence is the best position to be in.
Don’t be afraid to stand up to the Pontius Pilate’s of your life.
Don’t be afraid to go to the cross, just like Joseph of Arimathea.
Don’t be afraid to stop being a silent disciple.

Felecia Teasley
Nashville, TN
Metropolitan Interdenominational Church

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