Faith is the Habit of Looking to God


Mark 15:39-47

"Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus."  (Mark 15:43)

There were certain people who followed Jesus to the grave.  They had the privilege of seeing what happened to Him right up to the end.  They were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and Salome.  They loved Jesus and were devoted to Him.  I think the mother of Jesus would have been taken home away from the scene by that time.  It was too much for her to see her son whose coming was announced by angels - her wonderful son, to die a criminal's death.  Joseph of Arimathaea was bold to go to Pilate and ask for the body of Jesus.  He was clear of the blood of Jesus.  He did not agree with the decision of the Sanhedrin.  Very few people could have done what Joseph did.  Pilate was surprised Jesus was so soon dead.  The Centurion who was stationed at the Cross handed over the body to Joseph of Arimathaea.  Joseph bought a long piece of fine linen cloth.  It must have been very costly.  Nicodemus also came bringing a hundred pound weight of spices, to keep the body from putrefying.  They did not know what great service they were rendering.  It was their darkest hour.  The sun which gave them light till now was suddenly darkened.  In their darkest hour they did not forget their duty to Jesus.

Faith is the habit of looking to God.  When the subconscious is relieved of all sin, we get to the place where we always think hopefully - even under the worst circumstances.  This is only possible for Christians.  This was their darkest hour, yet Joseph and these women had some kind of hope.  It was the darkest hour for the disciples too.  They were all sitting together in a room.  Their darkest hour had come.  Their hopes were shattered.  It is wonderful how they faced and came through that hour.  Those who know Jesus develop the capacity to stand with hope in the darkest hours of their lives.  To know Jesus and to know Him as the Lord of life is the greatest thing.