SUBJ: The burial of Christ and the
implications to us of His submission to physical death and burial
wherein we are assured of a bodily resurrection and the fear of the
grave is taken away.
AIM: That we might realize and thus
meditate upon the fact that all that Christ did was both necessary to
the will of God and essential to salvation.
INTR: The work of Christ in
assuring the redemption of His people is drawing to a close and none of
what was done was apart from necessity.
1. The integrity of God is
such that it is said of Him that “He cannot deny Himself.”
Applying this to all that occurred relative to the crucifixion we
understand that nothing could move these things from what had been
determined and much of which had been prophesied.
3. It is realizing
this that we are constrained to think on the divine determination and
the exacting work and thus to know the measure of the love of God for
His own. He was obedient, even to the death of the cross!
THESIS: The work of God in Christ was
not concluded when the religionists and the crowds thought it was all
done – the ministry of Christ on earth continued even to the grave.
I. Joseph and Nicodemus (vv. 38-40)
1. Joseph moved with urgency
that even he might not have understood,
2. We would be reminded that
the body of Jesus might have been quickly taken down for disposal in the
normal manner were it not for the appearance of Joseph.
1) One who
waited for the Kingdom of God and
2) A disciple of Jesus?
fear of the Jews – perhaps a matter of discretion as much as craven fear
4) But, this action brought him into the record and so his devotion is
3. Likewise with Nicodemus – from seeing Him as a “man sent
from God” to now esteeming Him with great honor. Were he concerned with
the Jews he would not have touched the body!!
4. We are again
reminded of the matter of prophecy and the will of God.
Garden Theology (v. 41)
1. There is much significance attached to
gardens in the Scripture
2. I am often reminded of the Lord’s view of
His people: A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up,
a fountain sealed. Song of Songs 4:12.
3. Not lost on us is the
setting of the beginning of God’s dealings with man and the innocence
that was first found there but it was also the setting for the loss of
innocence and the entry of sin and death into the world.
1) There it
was that the curse was pronounced upon the creation
2) There it was
declared that the way of the tree of life was to be barred from them
3) There it was learned of evil and death.
4. Then it was in a garden
that Jesus prayed and in which He was betrayed.
5. And then we read
that there was a garden nearby and the never used sepulcher of Joseph
1) Compare: Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall
into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth
forth much fruit. John 12:24
2) And compare: 4 Therefore we are
buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up
from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in
newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness
of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
III. The burial done (v. 42)
1. With the
prophecies fulfilled and salvation accomplished preparations are made
for the final declaration of victory.
1) The body of Jesus was
lovingly laid with all the attention well-meaning humans could give.
2) The tomb was sealed and that not without purpose – every detail to
verify His death and subsequent resurrection were in order.
2. We are
then reminded: And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich
in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in
his mouth. Isaiah 53:9 AND For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Psalms 16:10
3. The scene was one of sadness and not of expectation, but
nevertheless, the fear of death was being removed. Jesus and the
penitent thief were together in paradise!
4. The women maintained
their vigil and they had all done what they could.
that body reverently bedewed with tears, wrapped in fine linen clean and
white, softly laid down by loving hands, watched by love stronger than
death, lay in fitting repose as the corpse of a King till He came forth
as a Conqueror. So once more the dominant note is struck, and this part
of the prophecy closes with the emphatic repetition of the sinlessness
of the Suffering Servant, which makes His sufferings a deep and
bewildering mystery, unless they were endured because of ‘our