Joseph of Arimathea

Who was Joseph of Arimathea?

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Joseph of Arimathea

John 19:38-42 Joseph of Arimathea

JOHN 19:38  38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus.

Who was "Joseph of Arimathea"?
Joseph of Arimathea was a member of the Sanhedrin and a "disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews" (John 19:38): "Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man. He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God." (Luke 23:50-51)

JOHN 19:39  39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred litras.

Who was "Nicodemus"?
Another member of the Sanhedrin, and the one who had come to Jesus at night early in His ministry. Nicodemus probably never imagined then that he would be one of the two who would bury Jesus' body.

How much mixture of myrrh and aloes did he bring?
One Roman litra was 328 grams or about 72% of an American pound. So "about a hundred litras" was about 33 kilograms or 72 American pounds. This is far more than was typically used to treat a corpse before burial. Nicodemus had brought an extravagant amount, most likely to express his devotion to Jesus, and it would have filled the tomb with fragrance.

JOHN 19:40-42  40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.

How ironic is it that two members of the body whose decision crucified Jesus should also bury Him?
What required Jesus to die on the cross wasn't the Sanhedrin's decision but the death penalty required for sins, which both Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus had.

Do you believe that Jesus so loved you that He died to pay the death penalty required of your sins as well?
If not, cry out to Him to reveal Himself to you.

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