Matt 27:57-58 - The Rich Man
Jesus had already spoken to the disciples that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, yet we see a Rich man being the only one who was willing to approach Pilot about the burial of Jesus. Where were the disciples? But God chose to use a rich man, a man who had enough influence in the city that Pilot granted his request without question, to foot the bill for the burial of His beloved Son. Although riches can truly keep someone from entering heaven, they can also be used mightily for the building of God's kingdom - it just depends on the disposition of the person holding the gold!
Matthew Henry says it better than I:
"The apostles had all fled, and none of them appeared to show this respect to their Master, which the disciples of Johnshowedto him after he was beheaded, whotook up his body, and buried it,ch. 14:12. The women that followed him durst not move in it; then did God stir up this good man to do it; for what work God has to do, he will find out instruments to do it. Joseph was a fit man, for, [1.] He had wherewithal to do it, being arich man.Most of Christ’s disciples were poor men, such were most fit to go about the country to preach the gospel; but here was one that was arich man,ready to be employed in a piece of service which requireda man of estate.Note, Worldly wealth, though it is to many an objection in religion’s way, yet, in some services to be done for Christ, it is an advantage and an opportunity, and it is well for those who have it, if withal they have a heart to use it for God’s glory. [2.] He was well affected to our Lord Jesus, for he was himselfhis disciple,believed in him, though he did not openly profess it."