1. Read the headings in Mark 15:42-47.

  2. Find Arimathea on the map of Palestine.

  3. Read Mark 15:42-47.

  4. Consider the following questions.

Verse 43 tells us that Joseph of Arimathea was a respected member of the council.  Why should this surprise us?  (See 14:55 if you need help.)  What does this bold act tell us about his character?

We are perhaps to be more surprised by who fails to bury Jesus.  Read Mark 6:29 about John the Baptist to gain a picture of truer discipleship. What was so bold about the actions of Joseph and the women?

What is the boldest thing you have ever done because of your faith?  What made it risky?  Why did you dare to do it? What were the results?

Keep in mind the days of Holy Week.
Palm Sunday: when Jesus rode into Jerusalem
Maundy Thursday: Last Supper with disciples, Gethsemane, betrayal, arrest, trial before Jewish council
Good Friday: before Pilate, crucifixion, death, burial

Why do we call Good Friday good?