The Twilight Disciples...Too Little, Too Late (3 of 8) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3T0G L. B. MIcLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #186, CT 503172

"The Twilight Disciples.. .Too Little, Too Late"
(John 19:38)

Later, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of
Jesus, asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now
Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly
because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's
permission, he came and took the body.
He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who had
earlier visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus
brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about
seventy-five pounds.
Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it,
with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in
accordance with Jewish burial customs.
At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was
a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which
no one had ever been laid.
Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and
since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
In my second pastorate, in rural Mississippi, we lived not too far from
a little country store, and had to drive over a little narrow, one lane
bridge to get there. One day as I was returning home from that little
store, I saw a carload of men coming toward me. As I waited for them
to cross, I saw them hurl a large sack into the creek, then drive on.
As they passed, I looked for a familiar face, but I hadn't seen these
rough, tough-looking men before. I stopped and went over to the side
to see what it was they had thrown. There, at the edge of the water I
saw the sack and heard yelping, and I realized that they had intended
to drown these puppies.
I had never witnessed this kind of action before, and since I love
animals it hurt me. But then something else happened in my mind. I
began to think, well, if I go down and try to get those dogs out and
the men come back here, anyone as mean as that might come after me.
Then, I thought if I should g ...

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