Devotion for Holy Saturday

After these things 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. 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. Therefore because of the Jewish day of preparation, since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. ~ John 19:38-42

Joseph and Nicodemus, rich and powerful men who followed Jesus secretly for fear of losing their power, had enough courage to see that Jesus was buried properly in a tomb. Apparently their love for the Lord was stronger than their fear, and even when it seemed that everything was lost, they ensured that Jesus was lovingly prepared and buried. Is our love stronger than our fear of ridicule or whatever we think may come to us if we acknowledge Jesus?

Lord God, I love Jesus more than I fear the opinions of men. Let me always stand for Him. In His holy name. Amen.

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