He lived hun­dreds of years ago. We know lit­tle about his life, his suc­cess­es, his tri­als.

From Matthew, we learn that he was good and just. From Luke, we learn that he was wealthy. And, from Mark, we learn that he was dying

But despite know­ing lit­tle of the man, from Joseph of Ari­math­aea, we can learn an impor­tant lesson about sac­ri­fice and Jesus Christ. 

 And when Joseph had tak­en the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock” (Matthew 27:59–60).

Joseph, him­self, desired to be buried in his new­ly built tomb.  But, after dis­cov­er­ing that Christ died, he gave it up for the Sav­ior of the world. He loved Christ, and he want­ed to give his very best to Him.

But, what now? Would his body be left unmarked, aban­doned? Would he build a new tomb in time? Could he be for­got­ten? I don’t know what fears Joseph faced as his death approached. 

For three days, Christ’s body resid­ed in the tomb. But, on the third day, He rose again. 

Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepul­chre; and stoop­ing down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by them­selves, and depart­ed.” (Luke 24:12)

Now, the tomb was emp­ty. But, it wasn’t just a tomb any­more. It’d been trans­formed by the touch of the Mas­ter. Instead of just being a ves­sel for the dead, it became the grounds where death was con­quered for all–including for Joseph. 

Christ did not keep Joseph’s gift forever. He gave it back holier and bet­ter than before.  I don’t know if Joseph still chose to be buried there or if he felt it’d be improp­er.  But, I do know that Christ always does this when we give to Him. 

We make sac­ri­fices. We feel pain and lose loved ones. Often, we must give of our­selves.

But, in return, we receive some­thing much greater. On this East­er Sun­day, we ought to remem­ber to teach our Scouts this lesson of sac­ri­fice. 

Even if we don’t believe in Christ, we all believe that when we give we can receive.

As Scouts go out and serve the com­mu­ni­ty, they can gain con­fi­dence, love, respect, and joy from their ser­vice. And, isn’t this a great lesson to learn from an obscure Bible char­ac­ter who served His beloved Christ? 

Michelle Carpenter
is a reporter for the Voice of Scouting and a marketing associate for The Utah National Parks Council. Her father, husband, and brother are all Eagle Scouts, so she firmly believes some of the best men did Scouting.

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