God’s Forgotten Hero
SERIES: Jerks for Jesus
John 10:38 NLT
38 But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.
Facts about Joseph of Arimathea:
- 1. Joseph was WEALTHY
Matthew 27:57 – As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus…
- 2. Joseph had CHARACTER
Luke 23:50 – Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council…
- 3. Joseph had POSITION
Luke 23:50 –
- 4. Joseph was a DISCIPLE
John 19:38 – Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away.
- 5. Joseph was TIMID
John 19:38 –
Mark 8:38 NLT – If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels…
Joseph stood up for Christ with his PEERS.
Luke 23:50-54 NLT – 50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, 51 but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. 52 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock. 54 This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin.
Joseph prevented Jesus’ body from DECOMPOSITION.
Jesus’ most unlikely hero teaches us:
- I. God loves us as we are and not as we SHOULD BE. Because none of us is what we SHOULD BE.
- II. Be careful when your sacrifices for Christ makes you SELF CONGRATULATORY.
Matthew 26: 31-35, 69-75 NLT – 31 On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.” 33 Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.” 34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” 35 “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same. 69 Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said. 73 A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” 74 Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75 Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.
- III. Be careful not to WRITE anyone off.
Matthew 12:20 NLT – He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious.