“Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight” (v39). Nicodemus joined Joseph of Aramathea (v38) in caring for the body of Jesus. Though these men were still “in fear of the Jews,” they were apparently bolder than many of the twelve disciples, most of whom are not mentioned at all. Jesus was dead, and earthly powers seemed to be in charge; it made sense to mourn in secret.
“It is finished” (v30). What the disciples saw as defeat, Jesus knew was God’s plan. He finished the task – dying in our place – so that we can be freed from bondage and join His resurrection life.