Devotion for Holy Saturday 2012
April 7, 2012 by Lillie
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. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 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. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. ~ John 19: 38-42
Heavenly Father, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus believed Jesus but were afraid to let it be known they were His disciples until His death. Give me boldness to declare He is Lord at all times and in all places. In His name. Amen.