Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body.
Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
Morning Prayer: Abba, on this day in history the followers of Jesus waited and rested as the Sabbath law commanded. They also did what they could to prepare Your Son’s body for burial, not knowing His resurrection from the dead would come in the early morning. As I ponder this day, help me to think on these things and to wait and rest in You. Prepare my heart to receive greater truth from You even as this Easter season draws to a close. Unlike Jesus’ disciples, I know the certainty of Your Son’s resurrection and what it means for me as Your follower. You sent Your one and only Son to make a way for me to know You, to be with You, to be forgiven, to receive immeasurable blessings, and to follow You all of my days. Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for sending Your Son. Help me not to lose sight of the truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Evening Prayer: God, as this Sabbath day comes to an end, I anticipate the new hope that comes from You rising from the dead on Easter morning. I pray that You would prepare my heart for a new and fresh perspective on what Your death and resurrection means for my walk with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.