05/31/19: John 19:23-42; Psalm 119:129-152; Proverbs 16:12-13
John 19: 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
Sometimes I think in our readings we overlook “background” people who quietly but ultimately showed faith in Jesus and His ministry. A note in my Bible margin reminded me that John 19:39 is the third time we encounter Nicodemus. In the earlier verses we see just a whisper of his growing faith until at Jesus’s death he stepped from the background and into full exposure.
John 3:1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
John 7: 50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”