Lent 2022: My Hope Buried in a Borrowed Tomb by Greta Kendrick
“Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.”
March 7, 2022
My Hope Buried in Borrowed Tomb
Have you ever found yourself in a situation that left you confounded; that simply felt surreal? And not wanting to look ignorant, you just pretended to understand what happened? I imagine that the disciples felt similarly after Jesus’ death; feeling as if their own hope had been buried in a borrowed tomb.
In life, we can feel like the disciples did. However, we are called to share the truth of the hope of Jesus. Yes, in this life we will face trials and disappointments. However, the hope of Jesus grants us divine forgiveness, a relationship with him and the Father, a rebirth, an awesome opportunity to transform our lives in our encounters with Christ, and the joy of knowing that we will eventually spend eternal life with him.
So, I invite you in this Lenten season to find your Hope; to recall the reasons that Christ came at Christmas. While our Hope was indeed crucified and buried, we must remember that the borrowed tomb is now empty and our hope is alive, securing our living hope and promise in Christ Jesus. Hope is real and it is yours if you believe. Look up and walk away from that empty tomb. Just walk away---Christ is alive.
Father, help us to walk away from the empty tomb and fix our hearts and eyes in the living hope of Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Steward Greta L. Kendrick
Senior Steward Board
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