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Daily Devotional
January 18
When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
Matthew 27:57-58
John tells us that Nicodemus accompanied Joseph of Arimathaea. Both Nicodemus and Joseph were secret disciples of Jesus. What were they risking by burying the body of Jesus? Everything. They could easily have been sentenced to death for siding with this One Who was crucified. They surely would have lost their prominent positions in the Temple and in society.

We often hear Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea criticized for being secret disciples. But I submit this for your consideration: The prominent boys who walked on water and did miracles — Peter, James, and John — where were they? They were hiding. They had split. It was the secret disciples — Nicodemus and Joseph — who were at the Cross, ministering to the body of their Lord.

Perhaps you feel like you don’t do much. You don’t walk on water very often. You haven’t healed a whole lot of lepers lately. You’re not on a worship team. You’re not real vocal on the job about your belief in Christ. Listen — like Joseph and Nicodemus, you’ll have your opportunity. Quite frankly, I think that sometimes the secret disciples are the ones who really shine when the way gets dark. The quiet ones, the unknown ones, are often the strongest and the toughest.

So it was with Joseph and Nicodemus. Their moment had arrived. Yours will too.
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.  If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store