Friday, March 27, 2015

Jesus is buried

3.27.2015 Friday of Lent 5                             Mark 15:33-47 Death and burial of Jesus

Jesus is buried

Jesus pays for the sins of the world on the cross, opening the way to God through faith in Him. As God and man in one person, He dies under the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:14-15). The penalty for sin is death. (see Romans 6:23a)

Friends bury the body of Jesus quickly. The approaching Sabbath Day was holy to the Lord, and no work could be done (Exodus 20:8-11). Even in the tomb, death does not conquer Jesus – His body does not decay (see Acts 2:31). Jesus completes His mission with this last step in His state of humiliation> He has fully paid for the sins of the entire world![2]

Mel Gibson’s movie the “Passion of the Christ” is a vivid portrayal of the Roman style of execution called crucifixion. It is a rendering of what took place in Jerusalem during those short three hours on Good Friday. This movie is an apt depiction of what crucifixion was really like. No wonder the world feared the Romans! No wonder some still today cannot bear to see this film. No wonder the Romans had a law, which read: Roman citizens may not be crucified. The scourging, whippings and beatings Christ endured was pure violence.

And yet, Gibson’s film is not “gratuitous violence.” To the contrary - there is a higher good, which comes from the sufferings and the passion of the Christ.  Your sins, oh man, are gone. Your sins are buried in the tomb of Christ never to be seen again. The Father now separates them as far as the east is from the west and He remembers your sin no more.

There is now no more condemnation for those who are in Christ who was crucified. This is why we call that day “Good Friday”, for on a Friday - in time - the Son of God suffered to set you free. And this is good.

O Lord, you relieve our necessity out of the abundance of your great riches: Grant that we may accept with joy the salvation you bestow, and manifest it to all the world by the quality of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen[3]

[1] Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcuts © WELS permission granted for personal and congregational use
[2] Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St, Louis

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