You Never Know

And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave.  He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.  And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.  Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

John 19:38-40

After the crucifixion, two men came to Pilate and asked for the body to Jesus.  They wanted to at least give Him a proper burial.  Nicodemus brought a mixture of a hundred pounds of myrrh and aloes to anoint Jesus’ body with.  Neither of these men were among His chosen twelve.  Neither of these men were even among His more “public” followers.  But they worshipped Jesus and loved Him.  They wanted to honour Him.

Joseph of Arimathaea was identified as a “disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews…”  He was afraid of the Jews.  He was afraid to identify with Jesus but he was a believer.  He was a disciple of Jesus.  Nicodemus “first came to Jesus by night.”  Nicodemus was the same way.

When I read this, it helps me to see that you just never know about people.  You can’t see a person’s heart.  One might never have known that Joseph was a disciple of Jesus.  He probably should have been more outspoken.  He probably should have tried to have a better testimony.  But he was a disciple nonetheless.

We need to help people.  We need to pray for people.  You just never know what is going on in someone’s head and heart.

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