THE STORY OF JESUS: John 19:38-42
“A disciple of Jesus, secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.” (John 19:38)
Joseph Arimathea is a secret disciple because he fears Jewish leaders.
Nicodemus is a Jewish leader, so he talks to Jesus at night (John 3:2).
I spoke with a disciple from Iran who told me about secret disciples in Iran.
In their hearts they accept Jesus as Messiah, but still act like Muslims.
Some may challenge this – do they really trust Jesus if they’re in hiding?
Is this not hiding your light under a bushel?
Joseph and Nicodemus remind us that even secret disciples have their place.
God uses them, and their devotion to Jesus eventually rises to the surface.
It is not my place to judge secret disciples.
It takes greater faith than mine to change from Islam to Christ!
And in time, like Joseph and Nicodemus, their faith will start to show.
Don’t judge them, pray for them and entrust them to the Lord.
They can serve as mustard seed witnesses, and the Lord will use them too.
Even if they do so secretly, for fear of the leaders.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I pray for Your followers in Muslim countries, where they live each day under the threat of exposure and torture and death.