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Rising to the Occasion


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Rising to the Occasion

  1. 1. Rising to the Occasion
  2. 2. Joseph of Arimathea <ul><li>“ the one who provided a tomb for Jesus” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Matthew 27:57-60 <ul><li>CHARACHTERISTICS </li></ul>ACTIONS From Arimathea Asked Pilate for Christ’s body Rich A Disciple of Christ Wrapped His body in linen Put it in his tomb, which he had carved himself Rolled a Stone over the entrance
  4. 4. Mark 15:43-46 <ul><li>CHARACHTERISTICS </li></ul>ACTIONS Prominent member of the Council (Matt 26:59) Gathered up courage Waiting for the Kingdom of God Bought linen cloth Took Christ down from the cross A Jew
  5. 5. Luke 23:50-54 <ul><li>CHARACHTERISTICS </li></ul>ACTIONS A Good and Righteous Man Had not consented with the Jews’ plan and actions regarding Jesus
  6. 6. John 19:38-42 <ul><li>CHARACHTERISTICS </li></ul>ACTIONS A Secret Disciple Worked alongside Nicodemus Feared the Jews Bound body with spices
  7. 7. Unique Points <ul><li>Joseph’s characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>and the decisions he made. </li></ul>
  8. 8. We might be similar… generous with it
  9. 9. We might be similar… <ul><li>1. Follower of Christ? </li></ul>open follower to ALL OR just on occasions (fear persecution)
  10. 10. We might be similar… <ul><li>2. Waiting for the Kingdom of God? </li></ul>good and righteous actions OR missed opportunities
  11. 11. 4. Joseph had missed opportunities <ul><li>John 19:38 </li></ul><ul><li>Secret disciple due to fear </li></ul>Secret Kept from knowledge or view (hidden) We might be similar…
  12. 12. Disciple Today <ul><li>Matt 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27 </li></ul><ul><li>First Commandment Reemphasized by Christ </li></ul><ul><li>“ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Joseph had a change of heart… <ul><li>Mark 15:43 </li></ul><ul><li>Gathered up courage and went before Pilate </li></ul>Important Point… Joseph rose to the occation.
  14. 14. Secret Disciple of Christ Open Disciple of Christ
  15. 15. An important question to ask…. <ul><li>What big event are you waiting for? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Courage Can Be Tough…. Philippians 1:12-14