See Isaiah 53:9.
We are not told when Joseph of Arimathea became a believer in Jesus as the Christ. Maybe it was at Jesus’ crucifixion. Maybe it was as he saw Jesus respond in the trials before the cross. Or, maybe, he had been a follower for several months. Whenever it was, Joseph of Arimathea boldly declared where he stood with Jesus when he went to make his request of Pilate.
What do we know of him?
– He was from the Judean town of Arimathea, 21 miles northwest of Jerusalem.
– He was wealthy.
– He was a member of the Sanhedrin, the ruling assembly of the Jews.
– He was a good and upright man.
– He did not consent to the crucifixion of Jesus.
– He was a follower of Jesus who was waiting for the Kingdom of God.
The only negative thing we might infer from Joseph of Arimathea is that he seems to have kept his faith in Jesus a secret; maybe because he feared the Jews – peer pressure… at least until Jesus died. For whatever reason, upon Jesus’ death, Joseph of was emboldened to ask Pontius Pilate for the body of Jesus. Then he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb.
Are you living your faith like Joseph of Arimathea did? Are you afraid of what others might think of you?
Do you openly admit you are a follower of Jesus?
Do you admit your faith in Jesus only when asked… or do you volunteer the info to prompt a discussion with another?
Maybe taking a long look at all Jesus has done for us on the cross will give us new boldness to declare to others that we believe in Jesus… as it seems to have for Joseph of Arimathea.
You can read the story of Joseph of Arimathea in Matthew 27:57-60; Mark 15:42-46; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:38-42.