Read John 19:38-42

      After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body.  Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds.  They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews.
       Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid.  And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

from Rev. David Chafin, Deputy Regional Minister:

            For a gospel that focuses on the calling of Christ to live in broad daylight that which might only be dimly believed in the privacy of the heart, John tells a rather strange story of the burial of Jesus by two secretive disciples.  These two men, followers at a distance who had a certain stature in the community, have taken on the intimate work of caring for one whose death was that of a criminal – an act that made them ritually unclean among their people.

            Perhaps it’s helpful for us to ask ourselves how others who are “not one of us” might well be doing the good work of God in our midst, and lifting up their names as people of faith.  It may be no coincidence that these “hidden disciples” are well known in the near east and are honored by numerous monuments and chapels built in their memory.  God’s work is often done by those we would least suspect.

May my eyes be open to your work in our world,
even in the dim places – even in the grave.
Point us toward the resurrection truth of your Son our Savior.
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