“Now there was
And righteous man,
He was a member
Of the council.”
Καὶ ἰδοὺ ἀνὴρ ὀνόματι Ἰωσὴφ βουλευτὴς ὑπάρχων, ἀνὴρ ἀγαθὸς καὶ δίκαιος,
Luke said that there was a good and righteous man (ἀνὴρ ἀγαθὸς καὶ δίκαιος), a man named Joseph (Καὶ ἰδοὺ ἀνὴρ ὀνόματι Ἰωσὴφ), who was a member of the Jerusalem Sanhedrin council (βουλευτὴς ὑπάρχων). All four gospel stories mention this Joseph. John, chapter 19:38, said that Joseph was a secret disciple of Jesus. Mark, chapter 15:43 said that Joseph from Arimathea (ἐλθὼν Ἰωσὴφ ὁ ἀπὸ Ἀριμαθαίας) came forward. He was a respected member of the Jerusalem council (εὐσχήμων βουλευτής), waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God (ὃς καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν προσδεχόμενος τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ). Matthew, chapter 27:57, said that when it was evening (Ὀψίας δὲ γενομένης), a rich man from Arimathea (ἦλθεν ἄνθρωπος πλούσιος ἀπὸ Ἀριμαθαίας), named Joseph (τοὔνομα Ἰωσήφ), who was also a disciple of Jesus (ὃς καὶ αὐτὸς ἐμαθητεύθη τῷ Ἰησοῦ) came forward. Notice that it was evening, since no burials were permitted on the Sabbath or feast days. Many legends have developed around this wealthy Joseph from Arimathea, a town in Judea near Jerusalem. Would you come forward to bury Jesus?