April 27

Joseph of Arimathea…went boldly to Pilate and asked for Christ body…So he gave the body to Joseph…he took the body down, wrapped it in linen cloth, and laid it in his own tomb cut out of rock. (Mark 15:43-46 NIV)

This man was a follower of Christ and member of the council like Nicodemus.

We know Nicodemus came to Jesus at night and talked with Him. We know the council was divided by Him, and we learn that Joseph went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. For Joseph this was a bold move not because of Pilate but because of the Jews. By asking this Joseph made no secret of his acceptance of Christ. We to should live boldly and confidently in Christ not caring about what are family or the world says about our devotion to Jesus. We should never be ashamed of Him who gave his life for us. There were those on the council that did come to a saving knowledge of Christ. They did recognize Him as the Messiah. But those who recognize Christ will always be the minority. The majority of people today would go along with the Pharisees in rejection of Christ. That is why it is so important that we show our love for Christ as boldly as Joseph did. So others may see that we belong to Christ and repent.