Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had 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. John 19:38-40 (NIV)
When they moved Jesus body, they bound His body under the arms and knees to the trunk of the cross, and the arms they fastened in the same way at the wrists. Then by striking upon strong pegs fixed against the points of the nails at the back of the cross, they forced out the nails from Jesus' hands, which were not very much shaken by the blows. The nails fell quickly out of the wounds, for they had been enlarged by the weight of the body which, supported now by a linen band, no longer rested upon His dead weight.
Do you ever feel like dead weight? Like no one sees you or notices you and then there's that thought that creeps into your mind that says, "I would be better off dead." You believe that people wouldn't miss you, but I want to tell you today that those are all lies from the pits of hell. Jesus loves you, and He gave His life for you. He may not seems very real to you right now, but I promise He is there with you. He told me to write this devotional for you so you would know that He is speaking to you. You are not alone; in fact, the greatest place to start our walk with Jesus is to be with Him. No one else has to be around, and Jesus is still with you.
Receive this: He gave His life so that you could live yours. Today is not the end, but a new beginning.
Father, embrace me with your love and help me sense the reality of your presence. Amen.