Buried | Pastor Mike Fortune | April 20, 2019


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  1. But waiting (Luke 23:50-51; John 7:50-53; Mark 14:64; Psalm 37:7-9; Romans 6:3-4)
  2. And resting (Luke 23:52-56; Genesis 2:2-3; Quote; Deuteronomy 21:23; Galatians 3:13; Matthew 27:62-66)

Luke 23:50-51

50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, 51 but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. 


John 7:50-53

50 Then Nicodemus, the leader who had met with Jesus earlier, spoke up. 51 Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing? 52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself—no prophet ever comes  from Galilee!” 53 Then the meeting broke up, and everybody went home. 


Mark 14:64

64 You have all heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict? Guilty! they all cried. He deserves to die!


Psalm 37:7-9 (NIV)

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. 9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.


Romans 6:3-4

3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.


Luke 23:52-56

52 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock. 54 This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.


Genesis 2:2-3

2 On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested  from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. 


The Women

Women play a more enviable role than men in the events of Holy Week. In contrast to the misunderstandings, betrayals, denials, and flight of the male followers of Jesus, it was women who anointed Jesus at Bethany, who punctured Peter's pretenses in the courtyard of Caiaphas, who warned Pilate to release Jesus because he was innocent, who commiserated Jesus' fate on the way to Golgotha, and who stood loyally under the cross until the end. And it was women who were the first witnesses to the events of Easter morning. - Paul L. Maier, In The Fullness of Time, p.182


Deuteronomy 21:23

22 If someone has committed a crime worthy of death and is executed and hung on a tree, 23 the body must not remain hanging from the tree overnight. You must bury the body that same day, for anyone who is hung is cursed in the sight of God. In this way, you will prevent the defilement of the land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession.


Galatians 3:13

13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing.


Matthew 27:62-66

62 The next day, on the Sabbath,  the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. 63 They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’ 64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.” 65 Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” 66 So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.