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While reading Max Lucado’s book, “This is Love”, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me something I never had considered before.  The significance of Joseph, his earthly father and Joseph of Arimithea, one of Isreal’s religious leaders or “fathers”.

One led a simple materially poor life and was only able to provide a livestock shelter for Mary upon Jesus’s birth.   The other Joseph who came later in Jesus’s life , was comfortably well-off, yet out of his love and reverence for Jesus, was able to offer Him a garden tomb for a rich man with 75 lb.’s of costly ointment- the amount used for anointing royalty. Joseph of Arimithea secretly realized Jesus was more than just some ordinary prophet.. He is the king of all Kings.  the Number 75 is significant too.  7 + 5 = 12.. and the number twelve is an apostolic number representing not just disciples, but apostles of Jesus.  Apostles are those who are called out from even disciples .. to a more closer union with their Lord.   Joseph of Arimithea was Jesus’s secret apostle who manifested himself after Jesus fulfilled His Father’s Will of sacrifice for mankind.   Joseph, Jesus’s father, was also a secret “apostle” of Jesus in a sense..  he was enlightened by God as to who Jesus was/is as was Joseph of Arimithea.  Both were quiet men and both secretly were called out from amongst their religious peers.

Joseph who was Jesus’s earthly Father stood with Mary and supported her as she carried Jesus within her.. and believe me, Probably every relative (except for Elizabeth and her husband) and every townsperson held Mary in contempt for assuming she had premarital sex, and that she sinned against God and against Joseph.  No doubt there were snide comments of self-righteous indignation against her… She should be stoned, etc.

Joseph was with her as she gave birth to Jesus (though perhaps remained outside as Hebrew men were not permitted to observe their wives giving birth).  Joseph of Arimithea was with Mary as they buried Jesus.   Both Joseph’s laid Him on a cold, rectangular-shaped stone, one a feeding trough in a manger, the other a burial slab in a tomb. But, the feeding trough is reflective of the fact that Jesus is the Bread that came down from Heaven to feed us and our Lord’s blood was shed and body broken for us as well..

No doubt Joseph was aware of the slander going on amongst his fellow Pharisees after learning of Mary of Magdala’s love offering to Jesus of oil she poured on His feet to wipe with her tears.   No doubt Joseph was touched by this action of love  but said nothing amongst those who were outraged against this “heresy”.  He seized his opportunity to anoint His Lord as well.. at the last moment before Jesus was buried.  After Jesus’s burial,  something selfish and fearful within Joseph of Arimithea also died.   The Holy Spirit makes me sense that he found a new bravery for serving the Lord than before.  He no longer cared what his peers thought of him or if He’d be excommunicated from the temple.   When Mary gave birth to Jesus, Joseph was full of joy.  When Joseph of Arimithea met the resurrected Christ… He also was full of joy and no doubt, fell at our Lord’s feet in worship.     One day, if we are faithful to Jesus, we will meet these two Joseph’s in Heaven, and will learn so much more than what blogs like this could ever describe!