Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
The same came to him by night, and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him."
Have any of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees?
Therefore many of the Jews, who came to Mary and saw what Jesus did, believed in him.
After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked of Pilate that he might take away Jesus' body. Pilate gave him permission. He came therefore and took away his body.
They did not
Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven.
"I tell you, everyone who confesses me before men, him will the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God;
For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
1 John 4:2
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
Yet no one spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.
His parents said these things because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if any man would confess him as Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.
They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time comes that whoever kills you will think that he offers service to God.
The fear of man proves to be a snare, but whoever puts his trust in Yahweh is kept safe.
"Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; don't fear the reproach of men, neither be dismayed at their insults.
"Of whom have you been afraid and in fear, that you lie, and have not remembered me, nor laid it to your heart? Haven't I held my peace even of long time, and you don't fear me?
Hear the word of Yahweh, you who tremble at his word: "Your brothers who hate you, who cast you out for my name's sake, have said, 'Let Yahweh be glorified, that we may see your joy;' but it is those who shall be disappointed.
Now Peter was sitting outside in the court, and a maid came to him, saying, "You were also with Jesus, the Galilean!"
Blessed are you when men shall hate you, and when they shall exclude and mock you, and throw out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake.
They therefore departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for Jesus' name.
1 Peter 4:12
Beloved, don't be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you.