On March 25, Pastor Katy preaches on John 19:38-42.
The week begins with a celebration, a party complete with waving palm branches and shouts of Hosanna! Two faces hung back in the crowd, wanting to catch a glimpse of Jesus riding in to town, but not ready for others to catch them looking. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea were both leading double lives, maintaining their status with the Jewish powers by day, and secret disciples of Jesus by night. As the week went on, they tried to use their influence with the Jewish council on Jesus’ behalf, only to learn how powerless they truly were in their day suits. They kept the masks all the way to the cross. They watched Jesus’ torment and heard the thunder crash as he breathed his last. The skies darkened and when there was nothing left to do, their masks came off. Beneath the veil of their privilege and status, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea found their true power in the very thing they’d been hiding, their faith in Jesus Christ.