John 19:38–42 (ESV)
Jesus Is Buried
38 After these things Joseph
of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night,
came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden,
and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
Joseph of Arimathea, was a wealthy
council member. Although he was a follower of Jesus, he kept his distance. I guess he was trying to maintain his power and position in politics while maintaining faith in Jesus. Unfortunately, this would mean that he maintained silence and
secrecy about his faith. Something Jesus warned against. We also see Nicodemus come into action. He too wanted to maintain a secret faith. He and Joseph however did step forward to claim Jesus body. We do need to give them credit
for claiming the body which does put them at risk. It is also exciting to see Nicodemus again and to realize that he did maintain faith in Jesus Christ.
I pray: O Lord, help all of us to step forward
and take risks with our faith in sharing Jesus and through service. Help us to proclaim and confess Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We too often choose to remain silent. Forgive us, and restore us. Amen.