The roles of Joseph of Arimathea and the
women in the burial of Jesus:
 

  • When it was evening, there came a rich
    man from Arimathea, (named Joseph), who was a disciple of Jesus, 
  •  He
    was a respected and upright member of the Jewish Council (Sanhedrin) and was
    looking for the kingdom of God. 
  • At the trial of Jesus, he was said
    to be opposed to the action of the Sanhedrin in condemning Jesus, 
  • After
    the crucifixion, he went to Pilate in the evening and asked for the body of
    Jesus, 
  • He took the body, wrapped it in a clean shroud, and laid it in his
    new tomb which he had hewn in the rock, 
  • He rolled a great stone to
    the door of the tomb and departed.

The Women: 
  •  There
    were also many women there looking on from afar who had followed Jesus from
    Galilee ministering to him. 
  • Among them were, Mary Magdalene, Mary
    the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. 
  • There
    were aiso many other women who accompanied him to Jerusalem, 
  • When
    the body of Jesus was later taken down from the cross and buried in the tomb,
    the women were around and knew the location of the tomb.
Significance of Joseph’s Action: 
  1.  He
    was a true friend (a friend in need). 
  2. He made up for the friendship denied
    Jesus by his enemies, 
  3. It would be sad to allow Jesus’ body to be
    left hanging on the cross till the Sabbath day as if he were a common criminal, 
  4. It would be worse still if it was left till the Passover night when
    the Paschal lamb was being slain,  
  5. He could not allow Jesus’ body to be
    buried in a common burial place meant for criminals, 
  6. As a mark of his
    faith in Jesus, he had to honour him by burying him in a new grave.