Jesus was BURIED – 5 ways it’s vital

20 08 2017

Often we say “the death and resurrection” of Christ, failing to mention his burial. I want to encourage you to spend the extra syllables and get in the habit of saying “the death, burial, and resurrection” of Christ. Let me give you five reasons the burial is important

burial of Christ#1   JESUS’ BURIAL FULFILLS HIS PROMISE

Prior to his death, Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40).

#2   JESUS’ BURIAL CONFIRMED HIS DEATH

For the chief priests and Pharisees, secure burial has proof that Jesus had died. On the day after Jesus’ crucifixion, they came to Pilate saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first” (Matthew 27:63-64).

If anyone today thinks that Jesus did not really die, they must either reject the Biblical record or imagine that Jesus was entombed alive.

#3   JESUS’ BURIAL VALIDATED HIS RESURRECTION

When the angel came and rolled back the stone from the door, the guards shook like dead men. The angel comforted the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 27:5-6).

Jesus was really dead, and really came back to life. His burial proves it.

#4   JESUS’ BURIAL INSTRUCTS THE BELIEVER.

It was revealed to the apostle Paul that the death-burial-resurrection of Christ becomes the salvation experience of every believer. The spiritual experience of baptism (best pictured  in baptism by immersion), describes the believer’s sharing in the burial of Christ:

“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4).

Our spiritual burial with Christ confirms our death to sin’s hold on us. And our spiritual burial with Christ validates the reality of our resurrection to newness of life (Rom. 6:5-11).

#5  JESUS’ BURIAL IS PART OF THE GOSPEL

The Word of God is used by the Spirit of God to impart life. So we should be careful to communicate the Word accurately. We must not cut corners when sharing the gospel. Paul didn’t:

“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, emphasis mine).

Let’s be precise when we communicate the crux of Jesus’ work on behalf of all humankind!