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The Rich and the Wicked

His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,

Isaiah 53:9 NASB

He was crucified between two thieves, and then buried in the grave of a rich man.

It interests me that rich and wicked are contrasted here.

In our day the rich are by default the wicked in most of our minds and hearts.

Not on Calvary.

That old rugged cross stood between two men convinced of their wickedness in a court, and even then – even at deaths door – one of those wicked would walk with Him again in paradise.

Much like this wicked man. I stand convinced of my wickedness as I see the Son of Glory walking this lonely road.

The tomb – only borrowed for a long weekend was given freely by a rich friend of the Master. We don’t know much about Joseph of Arimathea save that he gave the Lord a cave and paid for an honorable burial.

It wasn’t Peter or John who negotiated for the body of Christ, it was this rich man.

Rich and Wicked – who am I to judge?

3 thoughts on “The Rich and the Wicked

  1. cshowers

    Amen Ben! So many believers wrongly think and say, "Money is the root of all evil," when the word really says, "the love of money is the root of all evil." There's a big difference in the two... I especially love how the New Living Translation words this scripture, "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows."

    Joseph of Arimathea loved Jesus. Next to Him, his own wealth meant nothing, as he demonstrated, when he gave his tomb, bought and paid for from his own coffers, so the Lord could receive a proper burial. And as you so eloquently pointed out, it wasn't any of the Lord's closest friends offering such a sacrifice (in fact, all but John, were noticeably absent when Jesus was crucified). It was a rich man who loved Jesus, not money, and rather than vilifying the rich, we, as believers would do better to simply glorify Christ. Thanks for another thought provoking post, Ben!

    God bless you,
    Cheryl

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