A.M. SERMON- “JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA”
Joseph was a rich man.
He had become a disciple of Jesus.
He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
He wrapped His body in a clean linen cloth.
He had hewn out a new tomb, seemingly intended for himself.
There he laid the body of Jesus.
He also rolled a large stone against the opening of the tomb.
It was Friday, Preparation Day, the day before the Sabbath.
Joseph of Arimathea was a prominent member of the Jewish Council.
He was waiting for the Kingdom of God.
He was very courageous to ask Pilate for the body of Jesus.
He had bought fine linen to wrap Jesus in.
He took Jesus down from the cross and wrapped Him for burial.
Joseph of Arimathea was a good and just man.
He had not consented to the decision and deed of condemning & crucifying Christ.
We can see from his deeds, Joseph was a man of great compassion.
No other body had ever lain in the tomb that Joseph had kindly provided.
Joseph of Arimathea was a disciple of Jesus secretly, for fear of the Jews.
Nicodemus, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, brought about 100 pounds of spices to use as they wrapped Jesus in strips of linen.
Isaiah 53:9 is a prophecy about the grave of Jesus and Jesus being with the rich at His death. This is speaking about what wealthy Joseph of Arimathea did for Jesus. He gave Jesus, a condemned man, an honorable burial.
P.M. SERMON- “ISRAEL WANTED A KING”
1 Samuel 8:4-7 & 19-20
The Elders of Israel had an evil desire for a king.
Samuel warned the Israelites of the unpleasant consequences.
1 Samuel 15:18-23
Saul was anointed as King of Israel.
He rejected the Word of God, so God rejected him as King.
David was chosen by God to become King instead. God had a plan
1 Samuel 13:14
Saul was replaced by David because David’s heart was right towards God.
Psalm 89 gives a description of God expressing His Covenant with David.
2 Samuel 7:16
The Kingdom and throne of David would endure forever.
1 Kings 11:9-13
David’s son, Solomon, did not keep God’s Covenant so his son, Rehoboam, was only allowed to be King over Judah, a portion of a divided Kingdom.
Daniel 2:44, Acts 2:29-36
David’s kingly lineage would continue through Christ & His eternal Kingdom.
Matthew 16:18-21, John 15:26 & 16:13
For Christ’s Kingdom to exist, Jesus had to die and be resurrected. He had left His will for His eternal Kingdom through the message of the Holy Spirit.
THE KINGSHIP & KINGDOM OF JESUS CHRIST: Revelation 17:14, 1 Timothy 6:15-16, Daniel 2:44, Genesis 12:13. God’s plan gave man Love, Grace, Hope