Two Undercover Disciples and a Funeral

Two Undercover Disciples and a Funeral

The Christian faith is based entirely on a single event in history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what if no one had ever known about that event? What if the circumstances of Jesus’ burial had been different? What if His body hadn’t been laid in a tomb, but rather tossed in the city dump like so many other executed criminals? If there had been no tomb, no one could have known that a tomb was empty.  Join us for the final message in the “Little Things” series as Pastor Gary explores why two men’s little act of courage may be the reason we know about Jesus’ resurrection today.

After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away His body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where He was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

John 19:38-42

Principles (KNOW THEM):

  • Taking faith public requires passion.
  • Taking faith public requires wisdom.
  • Taking faith public requires courage.

Practices (DO THEM):

  • Pray for God to give you the love you’ll need to share your faith.
  • Learn how to effectively share your faith.
  • Do it! Seize the next opportunity God gives to share your story.

Daily Readings:

Identify the “little” thing in each daily reading that resulted in a BIG change. Was it good or bad? Ask God to help you apply the passage and its principle to your life.

Day 1: John 3
Day 2: John 7
Day 3: John 19
Day 4: Matthew 27
Day 5: Matthew 10
Day 6: Acts 3
Day 7: Acts 4

Suggested Resources:

Books:

Jesus, The Final Days, by Craig Evans & N.T. Wright
The Case for Easter, Lee Strobel

Sermon series on ssbc.org:

30 Words (2018)
Beautiful Feet (2014)

RightNow Media (visit ssbc.org/family-resources):

Workplace Grace, by Bill Peel
Evangelism and Friendship, by Jimmy Scroggins
A Nuts and Bolts Look at Evangelism, by Steve Stroope

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