Not Jesus’ Body but His Spirit


Throughout time, people ask God for all kinds of things. Some noble; some ridiculous. As a teenager, I too recall asking God for favors. In my reading the Word, I remember the mother of James and John asking Jesus a favor. In Matthew 20:21, she said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” Now in Mark, we see Joseph, while asking God through Pilate, asking for Jesus’ body after His crucifixion.

Mark 15

42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God,went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.

After Jesus’ death, Joseph went to Pilate boldly to ask for Jesus’ body. The NKJV states it like this “Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.” I am sure His boldness or courage came from God. I am convinced that God led Him to ask Pilate for Jesus’ body in order fulfill God’s redemptive plan of which the resurrection was the essential part. What does that mean to you or me when asking God Not Jesus’ Body but His Spirit.

The resurrection provides hope for all who TRUST in Jesus for salvation. In 2 Corinthians 3:12, Paul tells us “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”  I ask God Not Jesus’ Body but His Spirit. Actually, when a person surrender’s his/her life to Christ as Lord and Savior, the Bible teaches that God gives the Holy Spirit as deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. Famed commentator, Matthew Henry, wrote “Heaven is an inheritance which gives an indefeasible right to all the heirs; it is an inheritance like that of the Israelites in Canaan, which was by promise and yet by lot, but was sure to all the seed…This inheritance is entailed upon and secured to all those, and those only, that are sanctified; …Those therefore that would make out a title to that inheritance must make it sure that they are among the sanctified” We know that it is only Jesus our God, His Word and His Spirit that sanctifies which is why I ask God Not Jesus’ Body but His Spirit.

If you don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior, you need to humbly turn to Him for salvation. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 says, “16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” I encourage you to be bold and ask God Not Jesus’ Body but His Spirit.

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