Good Friday: The Power of Bold - Bearing Witness

Good Friday: The Power of Bold - Bearing Witness
Art by Peter, Phino, Big, Za, ages 12, 8, 12 and 12, Sunbeam Language and Vocational Center, Southeast Asia. From the 2021 Prayer Calendar.

John 18:1–19:42

In the scriptures chosen for today we meet Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, both wealthy, both "secret disciples" who have been hiding their faith from friends and fellows. Yet here at the end of Jesus' time on earth both men seem to FINALLY come to a commitment to Jesus and FINALLY be compelled into action.

John, an eyewitness to the Holy Week events, tells us that Joseph provided a tomb fit for the rich. Nicodemus brought 75 pounds of myrrh and spices, a large amount such as used for royal burials. What they did was good. We can only hope that they finally found the Kin-dom.

Have I ever been guilty of "downplaying" my commitment to Jesus? Is it possible that I also bury Jesus — under beautiful stone and flowers and stained glass, beautiful stained glass, so lovely that I stop looking for the resurrected Christ? Forget that the hungry child is Christ's resurrected body? Forget that the abused person receives Christ's blows? This is an appropriate time to assume the power of bold. What will I do this week to make amends?

Prayer: God, give me the power to boldly bear witness in your Kin-dom.  Amen.

Ruth Jones is spiritual growth coordinator for the Michigan Conference.

Posted or updated: 3/31/2021 12:00:00 AM