Since it was late in the afternoon on Preparation Day, just before the Sabbath, Joseph from Arimathea dared to approach Pilate and ask for Jesus’ body. (Joseph was a prominent council member who also eagerly anticipated the coming of God’s kingdom.) Pilate wondered if Jesus was already dead. He called the centurion and asked him whether Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that Jesus was dead, Pilate gave the dead body to Joseph. He bought a linen cloth, took Jesus down from the cross, wrapped him in the cloth, and laid him in a tomb that had been carved out of rock. He rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was buried.
Mark 15:42-47, Common English Bible (c) 2011
Isn’t the description of Joseph from Arimathea intriguing? A prominent council member. Eagerly awaiting God’s kingdom.
Best of all: he was daring. It is not that he was extraordinarily brave. He dared. Dared to screw up the courage needed to approach Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. Dared to willingly risk his reputation among his colleagues on the council. Dared to live out his convictions and commitment to the ways of God. Dared to act.
-Teressa Clark, 2012, 2019
Lenten Reflections 2019: Following Jesus from the Mount of Olives to the Tomb ~ Day 40