Today the church remembers (among other things) Joseph of Arimathes – the member of the Jewish Sanhedrin who stuck his neck right out to have Jesus properly buried. The story is mentioned in all 4 Gospels, which makes it particularly significant – here is Luke’s version:
Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly 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 a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid.
(Luke’s Gospel, chapter 23, verses 50-53, NRSV)
How ready would we be to put our reputations, careers, or even lives on the line for Jesus this way?
This window is in the parish church of St. John the Baptist, Epping, Essex.