May 31 - Witness
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 29:1-31:13 / John 19:28-20:9 / Psalm 68:28-35
After Jesus died, He was buried not by His disciples but by two “secret” disciples. Joseph of Arimathea was a secret disciple of Christ because he feared the Jews. He stepped out of the shadows of secrecy and asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Hours before, the Jewish leaders asked for Christ’s body in order to unjustly crucified Him, now Joseph of Arimathea asks for permission to take Christ’s body to give Him a just burial.
Nicodemus, who came to Jesus in the darkness of night, now comes to Him in the dark shadow of death. The one who spoke to him about being “born again” lay lifeless and still. Yet Christ’s prophetic words were very much alive, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
They prepared Jesus for burial as they covered Him with spices and meticulously wrapped His body with strips of cloth. They cared for Jesus when everyone else forsook Him. Before their faith was hidden, now their faith is openly displayed.
Joseph of Arimathea placed Jesus in his own personal tomb undoubtedly thinking it would be an eternal testimony of his faith. Little did he know, it would be known as a place of life, not death.
So, how is your witness? Your witness won’t impact the world until it is revealed and God cannot empower your life until you use it for Him. Never forget, God isn’t about death but life!