In this week's passage, we have another incredible example of how the Cross of Christ radically transforms people! Last week we heard a Roman centurion commit high treason against Caesar by declaring of Jesus, "Truly this man was the Son of God!" This week we will see Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin, and follower of Jesus, risking his life to request the body of Jesus from Pilate. The Cross truly changes people! It is the sacrifice to end all sacrifices; and as learned last week, it is the pivotal moment in history whereby God opened a way back into fellowship with Himself through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ for sinners. The King was cut off so that we might be brought near! How have you responded to the Cross? May MCC be a church committed to proclaiming the Cross-the message of rescue and hope-to the world!