John 19:39-42 (NIV)

39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.  40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.  41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Luke 12:8 (NIV)

8 “I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.   

DEVOTION -Tammy Kennington (Colorado)

Before Jesus’ death, Nicodemus was a clandestine Jesus-follower.  As a member of the Jewish council, he held great political influence.  Perhaps because Nicodemus feared a loss of position and power if others were to learn about his devotion to Jesus, he communicated with Jesus only under the cover of darkness.

Surprisingly, after Jesus’ death, Nicodemus brought close to 200 pounds of spices to the tomb to help Joseph of Arimathea prepare Jesus’ body for burial.  Such a large amount of Myrrh and aloes would be difficult to conceal, but at that point Nicodemus seemed unafraid for his connection to Jesus to become known.  Why, after Jesus had died, would a man of Micodemus’ standing risk his emboldened because he believed that Jesus was the Messiah.

Like Nicodemus, I sometimes find myself reluctant to proclaim my belief in the Lord, worrying, What will people think?  I pray God will give me the courage to boldly live out my faith.  After all, Jesus gave up his earthly life when he died on the cross for me.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: In what ways can I show others my devotion to Christ today?

PRAYER:God of encouragement, give us the boldness to proclaim your sacrifice that others might learn of your love.  Amen.