Imperfect Heroes (Part 58)
Nicodemus & Joseph of Arimathea
Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the Body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His Body. Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight. So they took the Body of Jesus and bound It in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.
John 19:38-40 (NASB)
After Christ's death, two secret disciples came out of hiding to claim His Body. They were Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus--both prominent men. Before, they feared their peer group's reactions. Because most leading Jews hated Jesus. His Words challenged their self-serving lifestyles.
We don't know what happened to them after they revealed their devotion to Jesus, but we can guess they were scorned like He was--possibly losing everything they had, to gain the only things of consequence: love, truth, hope, joy and life everlasting. What can we learn from these two wealthy men?
1) Sometimes, rich men do
get into Heaven, but they are the exceptions to the rule.
2) True faith can't stay hidden for very long. It seeks audience participation.
3) When religious leaders band in hatred, Christian leaders must stand higher in love.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.