“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.”
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When He had said this, He breathed His last (Luke 23:46).“ O what a Wonderful Savior!
The above Scriptures tells us that God gave Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus the assignment of taking care of Jesus’ body.
“Now Joseph was disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews (John 19:38b).” The above verses also lets us know that he was a good and upright man who was waiting for the Kingdom of God. We know Nicodemus had seen some of the miracles and had questions. He had previously and secretively sought Jesus out by night to get his questions answered (John 3:1-21).
We find both men in these Scriptures as proof that God is faithful to His promises. In Jeremiah 29:13 the Lord declares, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.“ In spite of all the Sanhedrin and Jewish leaders had going on, Joseph and Nicodemus were drawn to Jesus as the the promised Messiah.
Mark 14:64 states that the whole council condemned Jesus as deserving death. The above passage, Luke 23:51 tells us that Joseph did not consent to the Council’s decision and action. This leads me to believe that Joseph and Nicodemus was not present for the vote to murder Jesus. These men would have all been well versed in the Scriptures including the prophecies regarding the Messiah. Most likely, they chose to stay away and were busy preparing for the burial of the precious Lamb of God and Savior of the world.
Once Jesus died, they would need to move quickly for it was the day of preparation and no work could be done on the Sabbath. They would need wrapping cloths and spices (75 pounds) and of course, a tomb close to where Jesus died to save time.
Joseph, the secret disciple, is now bold and courageous, risks it all and goes to Pilate and asks for Jesus’ body. Pilate is surprised that Jesus is already dead but agrees.
In my mind, I see these men carefully removing the nails, and lovingly and gently removing Jesus’ battered, torn, and bloodied body from the cross and carrying him to the tomb that was in close location to the place He willingly shed His blood for all mankind.
“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” John 19:38-42
The Sabbath is coming so they must go…they roll a stone against the entrance. The women were there…
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.” Luke 23:55-56
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