Thursday, August 1, 2013

Joseph of Arimathea

            Very little  is known for sure about Joseph of Arimathea, except that he buried our Lord Yeshua.  Legends thought make a certain amount of sense, that he was rich from being a tin trader.  Since Britain was the major source of tin for the Roman Empire, it would be logical for Joseph  to visit.  In addition, there was a Jewish colony in Cornwall at the time.  It is interesting to note that these Jewish Colonies in Africa, India, and other places helped the Gospel to spread quickly.  It is said that the thorn tree growing in Glastonbury grew from Joseph’s staff.  This tree bloomed at Easter, but sadly was cut down by Cromwell as being a snare of idolatry.  Genetic analysis of the thorn trees in Glastonbury though, show them to be not of British origin, but from the Mediteranean.
            As to the Holy Grail, that most likely is only of legend.

Dear Lord, as you guided Yosef of Arimathea to follow and bury the Messiah, and to eventually carry the Gospel to Great Brittain, raise up in this and every land missionaries who would publicly serve Yeshuah and truly proclaim the Gospel.  This we ask in the name of him who was buried by Yosef, only to rise from the dead on the third day, Yeshuah, our risen Saviour.  Amen.  (white)

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