Life of Jesus
Joseph of Arimathea
Mat 27:57-66; Mk 15:42-47; Lk 23:50-56; Jn 19:31-42
57 Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea , named
Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.
58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded
the body to be given to him.
59 When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a
large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.
61 And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb.
62 On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation , the chief priests and
Pharisees gathered together to Pilate,
63 saying, "Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said,
'After three days I will rise.'
64 "Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His
disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, 'He has
risen from the dead.' So the last deception will be worse than the first."
65 Pilate said to them, "You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you
66 So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.
42 Now when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the
day before the Sabbath,
43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for
the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for
the body of Jesus.
44 Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he
asked him if He had been dead for some time.
45 And when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.
46 Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he
laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone
against the door of the tomb.
47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid.
- Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just
- 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.
- This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
- Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn
out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before.
- That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.
- And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they
observed the tomb and how His body was laid.
- Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on
the Sabbath according to the commandment.
31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not
remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews
asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who
was crucified with Him.
33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not
break His legs.
34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood
and water came out.
35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows
that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.
36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, "Not one of
His bones shall be broken."
37 And again another Scripture says, "They shall look on Him whom they pierced."
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.
39 And Nicodemus , who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a
mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
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