There was a time when contact with those who had passed away was strictly banned. Read the Old Testament---Numbers tells us contact with a dead body resulted in being unclean for seven days. Being unclean resulted in being banned from contact with those who were clean for those seven days. The contact resulted in being ostracized from society for a week. The chore of embalming loved ones often fell to the women---since they were ostracized on a regular basis already---the sting was not so deep.
Nicodemus braved it all---he came in broad daylight--carrying seventy five pounds of an embalming mixture. He anointed the body of our Savior--knowing the risk. The sure stigma of being unclean was part of the cost, but it could have cost much more--even his life. Nicodemus crept through the streets in the dark the first time he sought Jesus---a pharisee--he feared reprisal for contact with Jesus. His time with Jesus was so moving--so life changing---he publicly acknowledged who Jesus was by this final act of respect. He tended the dead body of the Master without regard for personal cost.
What have I done to show my respect? There is no body---the grave is empty--He is alive. How can I serve Him with no regard for the cost? By serving "The Least Of These"---I serve Him---it is the very least I can do.
"Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus at night, came now in broad daylight carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. They took Jesus' body and, following the Jewish burial custom, wrapped it in linen with the spices.