Joseph went boldly into the presence of Pilate to request Jesus body and then went and took it down from the cross. Making himself unclean on the eve of the Sabbath, by touching the dead and in contact with blood, Joseph it can be assumed would be the subject of accusation and insinuation because of his compassionate actions.
Joseph had clearly decided that being close to Jesus even in death was preferable to the opinion of others.
Which do we prefer, to live boldly being close to the living Lord having being made clean by his blood or holding onto our positions and the favour of those who seek to silence the truth of who Jesus is?
Today’s Thought for the Day for Lent is from Emma