The Burial of Jesus
Scripture: Mark 15:42-47
In Mark 15:42-47 we examine the burial of Christ. The gospel writers spent a lot of ink in describing the burial of Jesus Christ because it proved two central tenants of the Christian faith. First, Jesus' burial proved that He really died for our sins. This would have been a helpful refutation to some with Gnostic tendencies in the 1st century who were claiming that Jesus didn't really die. Second, Jesus' burial in Joseph of Arimathea's tomb was a powerful apologetic for the truth of the resurrection. The women who saw Jesus laid in Joseph's tomb on Friday found the same tomb empty on Sunday morning! In this message we also examine how Joseph's love for Christ and His kingdom enabled him to be so generous in giving his family tomb away.
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