Those who claimed Jesus’ body were part of same Sanhedrin that condemned. The first was Joseph of Arimathea, whom John calls “a disciple of Jesus.” But he was secret disciple too “afraid of the Jews” to follow Jesus openly.
John 12:42-43 “Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue;”
A Secret Faith Is No Faith At All
His closest friends had abandoned him in the Garden of Gethsemane. One of his trusted friends had betrayed him to his enemies.
The voices that shouted “Hosanna!” became taunts of “Crucify Him!” The friend who said, “I will never leave you” then denied him 3 times.
Jesus died virtually alone, and afterwards his body remained all alone.
What changed them? The Cross!
Maybe it was the gentle and dignified way Jesus faced his fate.
Maybe it was the forgiveness offered to the mob calling for blood.
Maybe it was the haunting cry, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Maybe it was the quake that shook earth or torn veil that shook Judaism.
Maybe they had to agree with the pagan Centurion’s confession.
Do you co-workers know about your faith?
Do the ones you go to school with know about your faith?
Do they know favorite sports team, music and movies but nothing about your Lord?
The cross demands that we make a choice—you can’t keep faith hidden.
If you avoid faith discussions, maybe yours is secret faith—no faith at all.
Have you decided, really decided to follow Jesus this morning?