What Love Looks Like

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Leviticus 19-20; Matthew 27:51-66

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57 That evening a man named Joseph came. He was a rich man from Arimathea who had become a disciple of Jesus. 58 He came to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission to take it. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had carved out of the rock. After he rolled a large stone at the door of the tomb, he went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting in front of the tomb (Matthew 27:57-61, Common English Bible).

Late one night I was up and had the television on. I hadn’t been paying that much attention but the host said one of the founding members of the rock group Pink Floyd would be on next. I am not a fan of that genre of rock music in general and Pink Floyd in particular. I started to turn it off and go back to what I was working on but for some reason, I didn’t and I started listening to Roger Waters song. When he finished I had yet another reason that I didn’t like his music. Read his lyrics:

If I had been God
I would have rearranged the veins in the face to make them more
Resistant to alcohol and less prone to aging
If I had been God
I would have sired many sons and I would not have suffered
The Romans to kill even one of them
If I had been God
With my staff and my rod
If I had been given the nod
I believe I could have done a better job.
It seems clear to me that Mr. Waters has no real idea the love that God has for the human creature. For we who are Trinitarian Christians, there is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Three persons make God but there is only one God. To follow that to its logical conclusion, that would mean that God died on the cross. God died so we could have life, life everlasting. I am not even going to go into his words, “If I had been given the nod, I believe I could have done a better job. That is pretty arrogant.  And, while I am not going there with this post, I reserve the right to talk about it in the future.
In today’s reading, we see love. We see the love God has for us, but we also see the love one man had for God. Even today, the family or friends of a capital felon probably aren’t treated very well when they go to visit. In Jesus’ day, it would have been much worse.
Joseph of Arimethia did something almost unthinkable. This man had the courage to go to Pilate and ask for Jesus’ body. He wanted to make sure Jesus was treated with dignity and respect. He didn’t want Jesus’ body thrown out like it were trash. He didn’t want Jesus’ body to be buried in a common grave. Had Jesus been buried in a common grave, how would anyone have known he had risen. What Joseph did was brave. What Joseph did, someone had to do. In these actions, Joseph showed his love for Jesus, just as on the cross Jesus showed his love for Joseph, and for us.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith
Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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