Voices of the Passion and Easter - Joseph of Arimethea

I have imagined the reactions and thought processes of those people involved in the Good Friday and Easter narrative.

I hope that it will assist to meditate on these events with fresh thoughts.

God has blessed me with so much wealth – yes, I was almost embarrassed by it. I tried to give it away as fast as I could, through such actions as paying for the sacrifices bought by widows, but the riches just kept going up not down.

I was greatly affected when I heard the teaching of the great Rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth, who said that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. I was greatly troubled by this as I wanted to be as close to God as possible, so I approached Jesus for advice.

His response was that it was not to be a problem for me as I saw God as my Master and money as my servant. In the light of His reply, I knew that I could not take my material wealth into eternity, but I decided to invest in a brand-new tomb outside of Jerusalem.

I carried on following reports about this Promised One and was excited when He decided to come to our city for the Passover feast. This excitement turned quickly to horror as the chief priests and the other religious authorities arrested Him, brought Him before Pilate on trumped up charges and had Him executed.

I decided to let the world know that I was not ashamed of being this Man’s follower, so I stood with the other courageous people (being John, Nicodemus and the heroic women) at the foot of His cross. I admit that the physical manifestations – the sky turning black at midday, the earthquake and the report of many dead coming out of their tombs – was impressive but I cannot forget what happened on that tiny patch of land.

It was His desire for His mother to be looked after by John, His triumphant cry that His work had been completed and His final offering up of His spirit to God the Father.

His mother Mary was utterly and understandably distraught at the death of her first-born son, so Nicodemus and I were determined that His body should not remain on the cross during the Sabbath. He had already surreptitiously obtained permission from Pilate for possession of Jesus’ body and we all agreed to place the body in my new unused tomb.
However, on the third day, the women, then Peter and John, had gone to the tomb to pay their last respects and the body was not there – Jesus had risen!

I got the feeling that I had served God by using the riches He had given to me, so that the Son would borrow the tomb in the short time before He conquered death.