Very little is said in the Bible about this man. But Joseph of Arimathea was a remarkable man. The writers of the Gospels had these to say about him: Matthews 27:57, 58: When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of YAHSHUA. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of YAHSHUA and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Mark 15:43: Joseph of Arimathea, noble and honorable in rank and a respected member of the council (Sanhedrin), who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, daring the consequences, took courage and ventured to go to Pilate and asked for the body of YAHSHUA… And when he (Pilate) learned from the centurion [that He was indeed dead], he gave the body to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen cloth and taking Him (YAHSHUA) down from the cross, he rolled Him up in the linen cloth and placed Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of a rock. Then he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Luke 23:50-52: Now notice, there was a man named Joseph from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council (the Sanhedrin), and a good man, and righteous, who had not agreed with or assented to the purpose and action of the others; and he was expecting and waiting for the kingdom of God. John 19:38: And after this, Joseph or Arimathea- a disciple of YAHSHUA, but secretly for fear of the Jews- asked Pilate to let him take away the body of YAHSHUA. And Pilate granted him permission. So he came and took away His body. Arimathea, where Joseph was born was according to Fausset’s dictionary possibly identical with Ramah, Samuel’s place, otherwise known as Ramah. It was situated NW of Jerusalem in the hill country of Ephraim.
“The word despise implies a strong emotional response toward that which one overlooks down with contempt, scorn, disdain. Scorn is to feel indignation toward or deep contempt for; disdain implies a haughty or arrogant attitude for what one considers beneath his dignity; condemn implies a vehement disapproval of a person or thing as vile, despicable” (Webster’s dictionary).
The word despise is a word within a word translating sentiment of hate toward others. When Israel looked at her Messiah disfigured by the wounds he suffered, and covered with His blood, they despised Him. Their emotion toward Him was one of contempt, scorn and disdain. That’s what the word despise ultimately translates to. In their scorn, they expressed indignation and disapproval, considering Him as a despicable person; in their disdain toward YAHSHUA, they showed their arrogance for Him as they considered Him beneath their dignity. Despising Him, they rejected Him. They considered Him worthless, and useless, and ultimately, sentenced Him the cruel death with a curse – death on the cross. That happened when they gave Him up to the Romans to execute the death penalty on Him- death by crucifixion according to their demand. Men’s reaction to His sufferings was one of accusation against Him. We read in Luke 23: 18-23, But they all together raised a deep cry saying, away with this man … upon Pilate concluding that He had not found offense in Him worth of death, they insistently demanded He should be crucified with loud cries… and their voices prevailed.
No nation has ever experienced the physical wilderness as the nation of Israel. Theirs were the trials, the thirst, the hunger for meat, for the onions and other things Egypt offered. To them were given forty years wandering through the desert for the purpose of being formed as a nation under God Himself. Many died; a large number of them; they did not make it through the wilderness to their destination, because they fell to temptation, while their hearts became hardened as they were tested. The signs and wonders they witnessed when God provided for their needs did not serve as a guide to exercise faith in Him. So their journey became a wilderness of temptation in every aspect: physical, emotional and spiritual. That constituted an open door to fail in every time a need arrived. Without waiting for God to provide for their needs, as He promised He was going to, they murmured and complained, even when manna- food from heaven was given them. They longed the world’s food instead. In Psalm 95 the Psalmist remembers those days with a warning: Harden not your hearts as at Meribah and Massah in the day of temptation in the wilderness, when your fathers tried My patience and tested Me proved Me and saw His work. Forty years long was I grieved and was disgusted with that generation, and I said, It is a people that do err in their hearts, and they do not approve, acknowledge or regard My ways. Therefore I swore in My wrath that they would not enter My rest (95: 8-11), and again in Hebrews 3: 7-11.
(John 19: 11)
In the midst of YAHSHUA’S trials there was a dialogue between Him and Pilate, since the Jews did not enter the Praetorium not to defile themselves in preparation for the Passover. Pilate, the governor of Judea, a heathen and worshipper of the Roman gods, was now at a crossroad while presiding at the trial of YAHSHUA. Filled with pompous pride, he warned YAHSHUA of his power to free Him or crucify Him, when YAHSHUA would not respond to his question. But Pilate was a weak man; he would not stand for what he knew was right and true, afraid of the Jewish mob. We come to this conclusion after reading the accounts of YAHSHUA’S trials, although, not knowing the complete story found in other books, as in The Archeological Writings of the Sanhedrim and Talmud of the Jews. In this book we learn that Pilate met with YAHSHUA before His trial and crucifixion. This book includes Pilate’s report to Caesar of the arrest, trial and crucifixion and resurrection of YAHSHUA. In his report, Pilate mentions the month of YAHSHUA’S crucifixion-March; the name of his Centurion, Manlius, who after witnessing what had happened, uttered the words, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Pilate also describes the earthquake in detail at the time of YAHSHUA’S death. His emotions, he described as “sad and pensive.”
(Matthews 26:23; I Corinthians 11)
Christmas season is the time when everyone is running to and fro, here and there, after gifts for one here and the other there, but not realizing the meaninglessness of it all when they say it is YAHSHUA’S birthday. The Word of God tells us that YAHSHUA had no beginning and no end. We read this in the book of John chapter one verses 1-4: In the beginning there was the Word (YAHSHUA), the Word was with God and the Word was God Himself! He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him(YAHSHUA), and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. He existed before time; He was never held in the boundary of time, neither to its limits, for time exists only by Him. To fulfill the Father’s will, a body was prepared for Him, but that did not measure the time frame of His existence, neither His beginning. It just implies the human’s time frame for men to mark the date of His coming to earth.
Truth can only be a deliverer of man’s chains when he/she accepts it. Truth’s foundation is secured in true facts. It is a reality check without blemishes. When it is embraced and accepted, freedom then takes its wings. Years of being left in the darkness of lies, men have walked crookedly and without direction, framed as preys of ignorance. YAHSHUA, the only true God, without sin, is the root of the truth through Whom all who believe in Him will be Enlighted. He Himself proclaimed to be not only Truth, but the Way, and Life. Through Him, we can go to the heavenly Father. He is the ultimate Truth that will set men free and lead them to heaven. When men reject Truth, they will find themselves to be under the curse of sin. The curse from which YAHSHUA died to set men free. Isaiah prophesized this many years before YAHSHUA came to earth to accomplish the Father’s plan of salvation for men: “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needed to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded Him] we are healed and made whole” (Isaiah 53:5). Truth, in general, outside of the spiritual realm, is the breaker of chains of blind ignorance. But sometimes, it should be confronted only at the proper time. A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment- how good it is! These are the Words of Solomon (Prov. 15:23).
(Mark 5:22-34, 41-42)
One certain day one of the rulers of the Synagogue named Jairus, came to YAHSHUA prostrating himself at His feet begging Him to come and heal his daughter who was at the point of death. This leader was one of the board members of elders who governed the activities and oversaw the building and whatever else that pertained to do with the synagogue. They were lay leaders who did not get paid for services rendered. Jairus, in spite of his position, had to make a decision not acceptable by the Pharisees or the Scribes- the spiritual leaders of the country. Based on the testimony of many concerning YAHSHUA’S power to heal the sick, and possibly having witnessed it himself, he believed YAHSHUA could heal his daughter who was at the point of death. No doctors could turn her around and give her life. Jairus could be thrown out of the synagogue’s leadership position due to his decision, but his daughter’s health situation was of more value at that moment. He courageously went to see YAHSHUA humbly begging Him for his daughter’s healing. His heart was filled with hope when YAHSHUA decided to follow him to his house.