Joseph of Arimathea (20x20) By Hannah Garrity

Joseph of Arimathea (20x20) By Hannah Garrity

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Joseph of Arimathea
By Hannah Garrity
Inspired by Luke 23:44-56
Oil on canvas
20x20x1.5

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How heavy is the body of a dead man? Only with superhuman strength would this pose be possible. Yet, Joseph of Arimathea alone carries Jesus’ lifeless body. How did he do it? Why did he do it? Luke says, “He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God” (Luke 23:51). Is this act good enough?

He was on the council. He disagreed with the majority. Why could he not stop the crucifixion from happening in the first place? Why did he fail to convince his fellow council members? Is this good deed enough to make up for such a monumental failure?

Or is Joseph of Arimathea at the right place at the right time? Is he able to dignify Jesus’ body after death? Does he play the vital role of the dissenter, picking up the pieces of the wrongs of the group? Does Joseph forward God’s plan for Jesus’ death and resurrection?

How weighty a task. What superhuman strength must we each have to forward God’s plan. Yet, God prepares us. We are ready.

—Hannah Garrity

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