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"After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body." - John 19:38
Crucifixion was the most horrible form of execution man has ever devised. It was such a degrading thing that those crucified could not be buried in a traditional cemetery. Very often, their bodies were just cast on the garbage dump outside the city. Since He was crucified, Jesus would have to be considered unclean and denied burial in a Jewish cemetery. But for some reason, a rich man intervened.
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