...even background people are given some of the greatest responsibilities

Joe and Nic. Who would have thought?

“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 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. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 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. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” John 19:38-42

Joe and Nic. Two men who decided to step out of obscurity and into history. Seeing the need Jesus had to be taken down from His cross and placed into a tomb, these two men decided to step out and up.

It wasn’t His disciples that brought Jesus down and carefully wrapped His lifeless body in strips of linen.

It wasn’t His circle of followers that brought expensive fragrances to anoint the body before it’s burial.

It wasn’t the people who had received a miracle by the touch of His hands that would gently wrap His pierced ones.

It wasn’t His most vocal supporters who positioned His body just right on the stone platform inside the tomb.

Of course not, all of those who claimed to love Jesus the most had fled the scene...

Instead, it was these two secret followers who somehow garnered the courage to do what needed to be done. Two men who had previously been afraid to admit publicly that they believed Jesus was who He said He was. These were the men who decided to carry the greatest weight man had ever carried. The weight of hopes dashed. The weight of sorrow magnified. The weight of the slaughtered body of the Son of the Living God.

What does this tell me? This tells me that those with the loudest voices, the biggest platforms, or the greatest circle of social influence do not hold the monopoly on the most important jobs. Joe and Nic? They may have preferred the background but God placed them center stage. I think God smiled down on Joe and Nic that day as they cared for the body of Jesus. How precious that service must have been to His heart. I don’t think these two formerly silent followers were ever the same. I don’t think they all of sudden became limelight seekers, but I think they learned that even background people are given some of the greatest responsibilities.

Don’t downplay your personality or see it as a negative if you tend to be on the more private side when it comes to your serving God within your day and time.

Your life still holds a microphone as every child of God has a starring role in His story.

Jayne PattonComment