Today’s devotional was about Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, influential people in the Jewish society who were disciples of Jesus in secret. Unlike the apostles who were publicly with Jesus for 3 years in the ministry, these two only surfaced during a crucial moment. At a time when the apostles hid and denied Jesus, these two secret disciples risked everything –their position, wealth, and lives — when they asked for the body of Jesus from Pilate and gave it a proper burial at a rich man’s tomb; thus, fulfilling the prophecy in Isaiah 53:9.
It wasn’t because they were not afraid. They probably were but they were still able to stand for Jesus. “Faith is not the absence of fear. Faith operates amidst the presence of fear.” Our fears should not limit us in following Jesus. We should not feel ashamed that we are afraid. In our weakness, Christ is strong. Let us all find strength in Jesus.
” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13