Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus step forward as disciples only after Jesus’ death. Unlike Nicodemus’ night-time talk with Jesus, we don’t know that Joseph ever met Jesus face-to-face. As a member of the Jewish council, he had undoubtedly heard Jesus’ teaching and participated in discussions about Jesus. What we do know is that when the time came and casting aside all thoughts of human praise or dishonor, Nicodemus and Joseph publicly stepped forward to provide a kingly burial for Jesus’ body.
Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God. —John 12:42-43
Prayer: Jesus, search my heart. How have I been operating as an undercover disciple? Give me courage to step forward as Your disciple today and exalt God through my actions. In Your name I pray, amen.
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