Mark 15:42-47 (NIV)
The Burial of Jesus
42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
Scholars have different thoughts about who Joseph of Arimathea was.
“There is speculation that Joseph of Arimathea, or Joseph of Glastonbury as he later became known, was the uncle of Mary, mother of Jesus. The relationship to Mary made him a Great Uncle of Jesus. From this, we may presume that he was an elderly man at the time of the crucifixion. We have few verifiable details about Joseph except that he was he was quite wealthy. Some claim that Joseph of Arimathea was a merchant in metals and took young Jesus with him on his business trips to England, India, and even to South America. It is a well documented fact that Britain led the world at this time with its tin mining. Joseph of Arimathea was referred to by the Romans as ‘Nobilis Decurio’ or Minister of Mines to the Roman Government.”
Joseph came forth after the crucifixion to claim Jesus’ body so that he could do a proper burial. In this time of Covid 19 it has been hard for families to do “proper burials.” We can never know what we may be called to do. It is our response that makes the difference. Joseph responded that day.
Lord we may not know where you are leading us today or tomorrow. We can look back and see where you have led us in the past. Let us be like Joseph and be ready to do what you want us to do. Amen