‘Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.’
Back when we were all kids we played ‘hide and seek’ — if you were ‘it’ the task was simple, seek out what was hidden. Human nature tends to lean towards hiding things motivated by a fear of loss or sharing. Gideon in Judges 6 was found hiding in the winepress when the angel of the Lord declared him a ‘mighty hero’.
The Greeks have many words that translate ‘hidden’ but there is one that caught my attention; KALUPTO! It signifies a cover up, a concealing, so that there’s no evidence or trace of what’s being hidden.
There’s a story of a man that sat in a place of power being a member of the Jewish ruling council, a Pharisee who scripture tells ‘came to Jesus at night’, seeking truth while hiding from it. Jesus, in typical fashion brought truth to the story by saying ‘Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.’
Still further we are introduced to another timid individual who scripture calls ‘a secret disciple’ — we know him as Joseph of Arimathea, who is without a doubt one of my favourite Bible characters.
We find that Joseph also lives hidden in KALUPTO, concealing his love for Jesus when he steps up with an amazing display of boldness and integrity asking Pilate himself for the body of Jesus. Still further the story continues to build when we learn that the night-crawling Nicodemus sheds the darkness for the light to care for the broken, torn, beaten body of their Rabbi, Messiah and Saviour.
My point is this, we can all work to conceal and veil, cover up and cover over, but when Christ is our truth there comes a time when nothing is hidden or done in secret.
Isaiah 60:1 ‘Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all the nations to see!