He Was Buried

Tim Brown

READ : Mark 15:33-47

Then Joseph . . . laid [the body] in a tomb . . . (v. 46)

The Apostles’ Creed tells us that Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. I understand the crucified and died part, but why on earth do I need to confess that Jesus was buried? The answer given by the Heidelberg Catechism is as simple as it is brief: “to make it clear that he was really dead.” Jesus Christ really died on Good Friday so that he, and in turn we, could be really raised on Easter Sunday!

Recently a college coed nervously came to my office to share her bitter disappointment in having sinned in a way that she never thought possible. I listened as intently as I could and then eagerly shared with her the words of John the Baptist, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

She sat dumbfounded at the prospect of such amazing grace. She then said to me through her tears, “Can that really be true?” I said, “Nothing in the entire world is truer!” Was I right in saying that? As she walked out of my office, markedly relieved, I heard angels singing the words of an old gospel hymn, “Living he loved me, dying he saved me, buried he carried my sins far away!”

PRAYER

We bless you, Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Amen.