After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight.
Death has a way of changing things.
It certainly changes the person who has died, no doubt about that.
They once were breathing, then they are not.
Their heart was once beating, then it was not.
Death also changes those who are left alive.
A son must go on living while his mother is now dead.
A wife must go on living while her husband is now dead.
A father must go on living while his daughter is now dead.
Those who remain alive – after the death of someone they love – continue to live but in a new reality. The new reality of having memories of the person who has died but not the person themselves.
The death of Jesus changes people, too. But with a twist.
For Joseph and Nicodemus, the death of Jesus changed them. It changed them to the core.
While Jesus was alive, Joseph was a secret follower. He was afraid of what other people might think of him for believing in Jesus.
While Jesus was alive, Nicodemus would only come to Jesus under the cover of darkness. He didn’t want others to know that he was intrigued by Jesus.
But the death of Jesus changed them completely.
Right after Jesus died, Joseph was no longer afraid of what others will think of him. He asked Pilate for control of the corpse. He publically takes Jesus to his own new tomb.
Right after Jesus died, Nicodemus – in the full light of what was left of the day – helps carry the body to Joseph’s tomb.
The death of Jesus changed these two men. They would never be the same again.
What about you?
Will the death of Jesus change you? Or will this day after the commemoration of the death of Jesus that Christians call “Good Friday” be the same kind of Saturday as all others?
I pray that you will be changed. For death changes a person.
But the death of Jesus changes a person because of this one twist – He didn’t stay dead!
Heavenly Father, because of our sins, Jesus died on the cross. Not a travesty of injustice, but a planned act of love. Thank You for loving us so much that You sent Your Son to be our Savior from sin, death, and the power of the devil. I pray that the death of Jesus will change all people. I pray that Christians everywhere will no longer be afraid of others knowing that they follow Jesus. I pray that Christians will gather in churches around the world this weekend to worship You and Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I pray that these same Christians will then leave the pews and go out into the world and proclaim that death changes people and that the death of Jesus can change everyone who believes. And most of all, I thank you that Jesus didn’t stay dead but rose victoriously on Easter and is alive forevermore! This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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