Still Worth finding

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coinsa] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  Luke 15:8-10 (NIV)

SERMON NOTE 1. Even the Last One Has Value.

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  (Romans 12:15)

17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”  (Zephaniah 3:17)        
SERMON NOTE 3. A Lost Soul That Repents – Prompts Rejoicing.
15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:15)


“Take A Leap Of Faith”

John 19:38-42 (NLT)

The Burial of Jesus

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. 39 With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. 40 Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth. 41 The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. 42 And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

What could have possibly given Joseph a change of heart?

Could it have been how he witness the conniving and the deception?

Could it have been he decided he could no longer go along to get along?

Could the ugliness of the how the Jewish Leaders of the day schemed to have Jesus crucified?

Maybe it was how Jesus handle all of the mistreatment, and scourging?

Maybe it was how he saw Jesus keep on going to the cross without a fight?

Joseph was used by God to fulfill the prophecy spoken of by the Prophet Isaiah 

Isaiah 53:9 (NIV)

He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Can you imagine Joseph of Arimethea  on the 3rd Day!

After Jesus Got up with all power conquering Death – Hell  – and the Grave!

I challenge you to Take A Leap Of Faith and go and tell somebody that Jesus Loves them and He Cares for them!

Those of us who call ourselves Christians are reminded in: 

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NIV)

14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.