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What is So Important About the Burial of Jesus Christ?

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According to Luke the Good Friday Burial of Jesus Christ


The burial of Jesus Christ is unique. It’s different on a number of diverse fronts.

But mainly where, how, when, who made his funeral arrangements, and the significance of his burial, these are features which stand out?

According to Luke, the Beloved Physician, the burial of Jesus Christ happened on a Friday evening.

Joseph made a private and personal request of Pilate for the corpse of Jesus Christ (Luke 23:52). This Roman leader consented to his request and Joseph was happy.

And [Joseph] took [the body of Jesus] down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a [tomb] that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid” (Luke 23:53).

He writes, “And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on” (Luke 23:54).

Above, “that day” refers to the day that Joseph took the body of Jesus from the cross and buried him.

The Day of Preparation

Therefore, the burial of Jesus happened on the evening of the Day of Preparation.

Matthew’s account of the burial of Jesus is very similar to Luke’s but his provides more details.

He also agrees with Luke that Jesus’ burial occurred on a Friday evening. For he writes, “When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple” (Matthew 27:57).

Note, that he came in the evening and it was Friday.

Since the Day of Preparation is the groundwork for the Sabbath, and that means that’s the day before the Sabbath, and the Sabbath is a Saturday, then it must be a Friday.

The Interment of Jesus Christ by Matthew

Next, Apostle Matthew substantiates this claim for us, for, he writes:

Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate” (Matthew 27:62).

In the verse above, the Bible doesn’t explicitly tells us that the Chief Priests and the Pharisees visited Pilate on the Sabbath.

But, it provides the same information in an indirect manner. Because Matthew tells us that they visited Pilate on the day following the day of the preparation. That day is the Sabbath.

How was the Burial Place of Jesus Determined?

Owing to the proximity of the Sabbath day, and the late time of the day when Jesus Christ died, there was much urgency in securing quickly a burial place for him.

According to John, “There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand” (John19:42).

So, Joseph and Nicodemus chose the burial place of Jesus Christ for three reasons. First, it was the most convenient place. It was nearby and it was late evening.

Second, because it was the evening of the Preparation Day, this cave would serve as a temporary grave.

Finally, Joseph chose the burial place of Jesus. He utilized his personal grave that he had prepared proactively for his future funeral. Therefore, Jesus was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea.

No doubt, Nicodemus was surprised when Joseph suggested that they bury Jesus in his own grave.

Subsequently, Joseph “laid [the body of Jesus] in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed” (Matthew 27:60).

The Jews have a simple burial policy. They bury their dead within twenty-four hours from the time of death. This same-day burial is a perpetual Jewish custom.

 

The Burial of Christ

Leroy Daley, atotheword

“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. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there” (vv. 41–42).

– John 19:38–42

Crucified, dead, and buried” is how the Apostles’ Creed describes what happened to Jesus after He “suffered under Pontius Pilate.” In one sense, we might say that the specific mention of the burial is a bit superfluous. After all, the creed says that Jesus died. Evidently, however, the early church thought this aspect of our Lord’s passion was important enough to include in its confession. Why?

It would be difficult to discover why the authors of the Apostles’ Creed included Christ’s burial, but the Heidelberg Catechism gives us insight into the theological significance of this statement. According to the catechism, Jesus’ “burial testifies that he really died” (A. 41). This testimony to the actual death of the Savior is important given all that we have said about the curse of God and the satisfaction of His wrath. If there were any doubt that Jesus really died, there would be doubt as to whether the Father had actually meted out His wrath on Christ. Death is the sentence pronounced on sinners (Gen. 2:15–17Rom. 6:23), and death is required for atonement (Isa. 53Heb. 9:22). If Jesus had not died, we would have no assurance that the demands of God’s law were met in Christ and no foundation for believing we are at peace with the Father. The account of Jesus’ burial in today’s passage, then, is more than just a record of historical fact. Christ’s burial proved that He truly died and that He endured the curse for His people.

The accounts of Jesus’ burial also have value for defending our faith. Muslims believe that Jesus never died on the cross but was taken up to heaven. Some members of the Jesus Seminar teach that scavenging dogs ate Jesus’ corpse. But these positions are completely groundless, for the sources written the soonest after Jesus’ ministry was completed — the four Gospels — all agree that Jesus really died and that Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus.

Finally, Matthew Henry points out that there may be more significance to Jesus’ burial in a garden tomb than we might see at first glance. He writes, “In the garden of Eden death and the grave first received their power, and now in a garden they are conquered, disarmed, and triumphed over. In a garden Christ began his passion, and from a garden he would rise, and begin his exaltation.”

 

Who Is Your King?

by Inspiration Ministries

“’Behold your King!’ But they cried out … ‘Crucify Him!’ Pilate said to them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar!’” – John 19:14-15 NKJV

During the time of Jesus’ ministry, Rome was ruled by Tiberius, who became emperor in 14 AD. Considered a fine administrator, he accomplished some positive things during his reign. However in later years, he battled increased insecurity, feeling that many conspired against him. He developed poor relations with the Roman Senate and conducted a reign of terror in which many were accused of treason.

In AD 27 about the time of Jesus’ ministry, Tiberius left Rome to visit the southern parts of Italy. En route, he traveled to the island of Capri. Enjoying himself, he decided to stay and never left the island.

On Capri, he became even more distrustful and paranoid. He built a dozen villas with prisons, underground dungeons, torture chambers, and places of execution. He filled these villas with treasures and art objects and brought to the island countless servants, guards, entertainers, philosophers, astrologers, and musicians.

In his later years, he indulged in cruel, obscene entertainment. Many of those who displeased him were put to death.

It is amazing to realize that when the chief priests declared that they had no king but Caesar, they were speaking of this cruel, insecure, unbalanced man!

Today, who is your king? Do you worship the people in this world who have power and wealth? Or do you worship Jesus? Make Him your Lord! And surrender your time, talents, and treasures to Him.

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