The Borrowed Tomb

The Borrowed Tomb: A Mirror and a Model  ||  Luke 23:50-56  ||  DeVonya Prather

In Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts' sermon, "A Mirror and a Model," she explores the profound concept of social mirroring and its relationship to modeling behavior. This concept emphasizes the importance of leading by example, especially for parents, caregivers, and teachers, as we seek to cultivate positive behaviors in our children and students.

As we delve into the narrative of Luke 23:50-56, we encounter a powerful illustration of these principles embodied in the actions of God, Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, and the “women who had come with Jesus.” Each character demonstrates a unique aspect of mirroring and modeling, highlighting the interconnectedness of their actions and the lessons we can glean from them.

To begin, God, in His ultimate act of love and sacrifice through Jesus Christ, serves as the ultimate model for humanity.  Christ, not only borrowed a tomb, He also borrowed our humanity, living among us with the promise of redemption and restoration. His death, though temporary, paved the way for eternal life, illustrating the ultimate act of love and selflessness.

Joseph, a man of integrity and anticipation of God's kingdom, mirrors Christ's selflessness and love through his actions. Despite the risk and opposition, he boldly approaches Pilate, seeking permission to honor Jesus in death. In this act, Joseph models a courageous devotion to Christ, demonstrating that true discipleship often requires stepping out in faith, even when faced with adversity.

In our daily lives, we are called to mirror Christ's example and model His teachings to those around us. Like Joseph, we must be willing to step out in faith, even when it means standing against the tide of popular opinion. We are called to borrow from the grace and mercy of our Savior, sharing His love with a world in need of redemption. Are we willing to stand firm in our faith, even when it is unpopular or risky? Are we ready to demonstrate our love for Him through sacrificial acts of service and obedience?

Furthermore, let us not overlook the faithful women who accompanied Jesus and observed Joseph's actions. Their presence at the tomb speaks to their unwavering devotion and their commitment to honor Jesus even in death. In their obedience to God's commandment, the women rested on the Sabbath, trusting that God's promises remained steadfast even in the face of uncertainty and grief. Like them, may we find rest in the assurance of God's faithfulness, knowing that He is sovereign over all circumstances.

In contemplating these interconnected narratives, we are reminded of the profound impact our actions can have on those around us. Like Joseph and the women, we are called to mirror the love and compassion of Christ and to model His teachings in our daily lives. Through our example, we have the opportunity to inspire and shape the hearts and minds of those entrusted to our care, guiding them toward a life rooted in faith, love, and service.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the example of Joseph of Arimathea and the faithful women who stood by Jesus in His hour of need. Grant us the courage to stand firm in our faith, even when it is difficult, and the grace to demonstrate our love for Jesus through acts of service and obedience. Help us to mirror Christ's love and model His teachings in our lives, so that others may see Your light shining through us. Help us to find rest in Your promises, knowing that You are always faithful. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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