Jesus Buried

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“The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before.  And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover, and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there” (John 19:41-21, NLT.)

What do you do with dead stuff?

You bury it. 

Otherwise, the dead stuff rots and stinks and poisons the living stuff that comes in contact with. 

Likewise, the burial of Jesus shows us that must bury our past to be brought into new life through the resurrection of Christ. 


Jesus had to be buried to show me the pathway to relationship with GOD

“Now the time has come for [me] to enter into[my] glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone…” (John 12:23-24a, NLT). 

To have true relationship with GOD, we must live by the example of Christ.  To follow Christ on the pathway that He sets before us, we must be buried with Him.  As He enters into His glory, we are called to follow Him and to glorify our GOD through our willing sacrifice.  Just as the kernel that is not buried remains alone, we too cannot live in vibrant community with GOD or with those around us if we are not buried with Christ.     


Jesus had to be buried to provide new life for everyone who will receive Him

“…But its death will produce many new kernels— a plentiful harvest of new lives.” (John 12:24b, NLT).

For there to be true, blooming intimacy with GOD, there must be sacrifice.  We must sacrifice ourselves and our earthly desires to accept the eternal goodness and grace of our GOD.  We must allow ourselves, the kernel, to be planted (read: buried) and killed so that we may grow into the fruit we were born to be.  And such is the beauty of the sacrificial life – when we die to ourselves, new life sprouts up.  One seed becomes a grain of wheat, which creates more kernels, which are buried and sprout into new grains of wheat.  And so the process continues.  To be reconnected to GOD, we must allow our old self to be buried, so that we die to ourselves and discover the new, rich, abundant life provided through the sacrifice of Christ.


Jesus had to be buried to show me how to bury my life in Him

“Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me…” (John 12:25-26a, NLT)

Jesus not only provides the pathway to a relationship with GOD, but the directions on how to move closer to Him as well.  We must bury our old lives with Him.  To move forward into the beautiful restoration of life found in Christ, we have to let go of our past and our mistakes and cling tightly to the cross instead. These verses hit home the point Jesus makes in the previous statements.  Self-sacrifice and service are the cost of following Christ.  Yet what do we gain?  Eternal life and intimacy with the Creator.  To love our life is to lose it.  To offer our earthly lives as a holy and living sacrifice is to secure our eternal relationship with GOD.


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