Joseph of Arimathea is a figure from Christian tradition who is believed to have played a significant role in the events surrounding the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament, Joseph of Arimathea was a wealthy Jewish member of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish council of elders, who held a position of influence and authority.
Following the crucifixion of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea approached Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, and requested permission to take down Jesus’ body from the cross and provide him with a proper burial. It is said that Joseph provided a new tomb, cut from rock, for the burial of Jesus.
Joseph of Arimathea is often depicted as a follower of Jesus and is considered a disciple or a secret sympathizer. Some legends and traditions associate him with the Holy Grail, a vessel said to have caught the blood of Christ during the crucifixion and possessing sacred qualities.
While historical details about Joseph of Arimathea are limited, his presence in the Gospel accounts has led to various interpretations and beliefs surrounding his significance in early Christianity. He is regarded as an important figure in the narrative of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and his actions are seen as fulfilling prophecies from the Hebrew Scriptures. This is one of the many reasons we host The Portal to Ascension Conference UK in Glastonbury every year!