50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
These verses detail the burial of Jesus.
What strikes me is that this was not done by Jesus’ closest friends (the 12) as you would expect but by Joseph who is a council member. He was a member of the assembly of the elders – chief priests & scribes – who handed Jesus over to the Romans & wanted him crucified.
This passage shows that not all the Jewish leaders agreed with what took place, Joseph was one of them.
Joseph displayed great courage & compassion to do what he did in honouring the body of Jesus. His voice may not have been heard in the council before men but this act of respect for Jesus has been honoured by God for millennia, verse 50 says he was “a good & righteous man”.
I think of times when I have been in the midst of those who hate Jesus & I know my voice has not been heard but I pray that I would always have the same courage as Joseph, where my actions will been seen by them as I honour Jesus with my life and actions.
Written by Suzie Hodgson