After this Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate if he could take away the body of Jesus. Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one because he feared the Jewish authorities. Pilate gave him permission, so he came and took the body away. Nicodemus, the one who at first had come to Jesus at night, was there too. He brought a mixture of myrrh and aloe, nearly seventy-five pounds in all. Following Jewish burial customs, they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it, with the spices, in linen cloths. There was a garden in the place where Jesus was crucified, and in the garden was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish Preparation Day and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus in it. (John 19:38-42, CEB)
Here we see Joseph a secret disciple of Jesus and Nicodemus.
Nicodemus is the person in the Gospel of John that shows us the path of discipleship. He first comes to Jesus under the cover of darkness with questions, he then stands up for Jesus in a meeting of the High Council and here finally in public professing his devotion to Jesus.
Let us learn from Nicodemus and profess our faith in public through our actions.
Loving People. Loving God.