38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.[e] 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
The first thing that stands out to me is how both Joseph and Nicodemus were so afraid of what people would think of them, they kept their relationship with Jesus secret. The second thing is how much they both changed. Their love for Jesus overcame their fear of what others would think of them.
I ponder: Are there areas in my life where I keep my relationship with Jesus secret out of fear of what others might think? As I ask the Lord to show me my heart, I realize that sometimes the answer is yes. I’m going to put a sticky note on my mirror as a reminder, “It’s not about me.”
Lord, let my love for you grow so that my first thought is of You, not of what others think of me.
Leslyn Musch, Pastor
Lighthouse Regional Church – Concord