by Jerry Watts

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Lessons from Joseph (Of Arimathea) (68 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
Jerry Watts
Mark 15:42-47

Life’s lessons come from some unusual places and unusual people. As a college student, I went to a church as interim Minister of Music/Youth for a little over 6 months. During that time the pastor (who shall remain nameless) taught me much about protecting myself (as a single young man) from being seen overly-friendly with the girls. Imagine my astonishment when, a few years later, I got word that this same pastor, who has long sensed moved to another church, was accused of child molestation – in his study. Yet, he was convicted and served a prison term. When I think of this man, I wonder how did he teach me what he did when he was doing was he was doing?

If we keep our eyes, minds, and hearts open, we will discover that we learn lessons for life in some of the most unusual places from the most unsuspecting people. Such is the case in our text today.

I’ve entitled this message, “Lessons from Joseph of Arimathea” because at this critical time in scripture, this man whom we have never heard of – steps forwards to make at great personal risk to take care of the human remains of our Lord Jesus. His actions are so much a part of this story that all four of the gospel writers tell His story. Let get our context & learn from Joseph.

As you know on crucifixion morning, even though Pilate had declared Jesus not guilty 3 times,
Pilate (bending to the crowd) sentenced Jesus to death. Around 9 to 9:30am, they crucified Jesus. Crucifixion was more about inflicting pain than causing death. Many times those crucified would hang on their cross for days, allowing carnivores to eat at their bodies, & ultimately for the body to simply begin to rot. At this point, the corpse would be taken down & thrown into the dump.

In the case of Jesus, there are a couple of things to note: Because it normally took the crucified so long to die and this wa ...

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