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September 21, 2021


While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


(2 Corinthians 4:18)



Though speculative, and most likely fictional, there is a rather humorous narrative about Joseph of Arimathea.



Joseph himself was not a fictional character.  The Bible tells us that he was a very wealthy Pharisee, a member of the council, and a secret follower of Christ.  Like many of the wealthy of his day, Joseph had bought himself a beautiful, hewed tomb for the certain occasion of his death.  After Jesus was pronounced dead on the cross, Joseph went to Pilate and asked him for Jesus’ body.  Upon receiving the lifeless body of Christ, Joseph had Him placed in the tomb he had purchased for himself.



Now, according to legend, someone pulled Joseph aside and said, “that was such a beautiful, costly, hand-hewn tomb.  Why on earth did you give it to someone else to be buried in?”  Joseph simply smiled and said, “Why not?  He only needs it for the weekend?”



Though perhaps not a true account, it does illustrate for us our text.  We get so possessive of our money and belongings, yet we are going to lose them all one day.  The only things we will have left are the invisible things gained in our spiritual living. 



Parting Thought:


As the song says, “Only one life, so soon it will pass.  Only what’s done for Christ will last.”  Are our eyes on that which is here, now, and temporal; or are they on the things which are not seen, and eternal?

Nothing can touch the Word of God. Not all the powers of earth and hell, men and devils combined, can ever move the Word of God. There it stands, in its own moral glory, in spite of all the assaults of the enemy, from age to age. 'For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.'“ ~C.H. Mackintosh