Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;
Mark 15:41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.
These women were some of his most faithful followers.
Mark 15:42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
Mark 15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.
Mark 15:44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.
Joseph was not ashamed to claim the body of Jesus.
Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Pilate was amazed that Jesus had died so soon. The centurion testified that it was so. Had Jesus not given up the ghost, the Chief priests saw to it that all were killed before the sabboth. They must pretend to keep the holy laws, which is a testimony to their utter blindness. They did not want dead bodies hanging on crosses during their Passover time.
Do we pretend to worship God with unconfessed sins in our heart?
Even though they were responsible for killing the King of Kings, the true Passover lamb of God. They were so religious, and so blind.
John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
John 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
Mark 15:45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
Mark 15:46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.
Joseph buried Jesus in his own tomb.
He gave of his best sacrificially. Miraculously, he would receive the tomb back, empty, after three days.
Jesus died on the cross with the wicked robbers and was placed in a rich mans tomb, as prophesied.
Isa 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Another secret admirer came to prepare the body of Jesus for burial: the Pharisee, Nicodemus.
John 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
John 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
John 19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
John 19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
Mat 27:60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
Mark 15:47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.
They wanted to honor Jesus, even in his death serving him. Many serve dead leaders, who offer little hope, but we serve a risen savior, a sure hope of eternal life.