John 19:38-42 esv
38 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.39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 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. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
Jesus really died on the cross. How do we know? The testimony of a master of death, the centurion, is one way we know. But there is another.
He was buried in a tomb. This signifies the reality that Jesus died.
Jesus was really resurrected from the dead. How do we know? All of the eyewitnesses that saw him. But there is another as well.
He was buried. And so we know when they saw him afterwards, he had been raised FROM THE DEAD. He didn’t just swoon and recover. Or go hide away somewhere and then reappear.
Joseph and Nicodemus bound him in linen, 75 pounds of spices, and laid him in Joseph’s tomb. He was dead. He had paid for our sins. And he was dead. And then on the Sunday following, he was raised to life. And many people saw him, not in the tomb, but alive. Over many days, in different situations.
Jesus’ burial is a part of the good news as told in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5. Death for our sins, BURIED, and raised from the dead. It gives testimony both to the death of Christ as being real, and to the resurrection of Christ, as being raised from the dead.
- Do you believe Jesus died for your sins?
- Do you believe he was actually buried in a tomb (not under dirt, but in tomb where they could roll a rock in front of it)?
- Do you believe he was raised from the dead?
- Put your faith in Jesus and His saving work of death and burial and resurrection.