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Abbreviated Evening Prayer for April 1, 2020 / Calvary

April 1, 2020

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Wednesday of Lent 5                                     Trinity Lutheran Church

1 April 2020                                                       Murdock, NE

 

+ Jesu Juva +

 

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ:  Calvary

 

The Creed confesses the truth that Jesus not only died but that He was BURIED.  All four of the Evangelists record Jesus’ burial.  When all four write about it, it must be important.  And it is!  In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul preaches that “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, THAT HE WAS BURIED …”

 

We all know the facts.  The history.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  That’s one thing.  But there is something else that is very important.  It is to believe that what Jesus did and suffered was FOR YOU AND FOR YOUR SALVATION.  The fruit or benefit of Jesus passion is the forgiveness of sins.  This is Christ’s kingdom!  His reign as the Good Friday King is to atone for all your sin.  To answer for all sin.  He truly is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29).

 

And this also includes His burial.  In an extremely bold move Joseph of Arimathea, who did not go along with his peers to have Jesus crucified, “asks for the body of Jesus.”  He will give the corpse of Jesus a proper burial.  Nicodemus, who had secretly met with Jesus at night (John 3) brought the myrrh and aloes – a hundred pound weight.

 

Hundreds of millions of people have been buried.  Abraham and Sarah.  Jacob.  Joseph.  Peter.  Paul.  Your friends and loved ones.  But this burial is different.  This grave or tomb is different.  This is the burial and the tomb that are salvational.  Salvific!  FOR YOU!  This is the burial and the grave of the God-man!  The eternal Word made flesh.  Do you see the dead Body? Do you see the tomb?  This is the dead body and tomb of the Eternally Begotten Son of the Father!

 

So what?  Here is the so what.  Listen.  Just as Jesus took all your sins with Him to the cross and bore them in is His Body on the tree (1 Peter 2:24) so also He takes all your sins with Him into the tomb.  St. Paul says in Romans 6 and Colossians 2 that we are BURIED with Him through baptism.  Do you get it?

 

Let me say it this way.  Jesus took into the tomb with Him not only the burial cloths and linen shroud, the hundred pound weight of myrrh and the aloes in which His Body was wrapped and anointed, BUT ALSO THE WHOLE WORLD’S SIN, DAMNATION, MISERY FEAR, AFFLICTION AND PERIL.  And He covered and buried it all so that all these evils will not harm you that believe in Him!

 

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were all buried in the cave that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite (Genesis 25:9-10; 50:13).  But they were not buried for you.  Just as they did not die for you.  But Jesus died and WAS BURIED FOR YOU!  For your salvation!  That’s the difference.

 

Jesus has died!  He was buried.  All your sin.  All your misery.  All your affliction are buried with Him!  His death and burial took place so that that through His death and tomb all your sins and all those that believe in Him are put to death and buried!

 

Jesus’ burial and tomb are FOR YOU!  The cloths and shroud in which He was wrapped are for your salvational benefit.

 

God be praised and thanked!  Because Jesus did this for you, you are no longer afraid of any sins for all your sins lie covered up and buried in Christ’s grave!  Forgiveness of sins, eternal righteousness and salvation are the power and fruit of these historical facts.

 

And more!  You also have the promise of the resurrection of your body just as Jesus rose from the grave on the Third Day in His Body.  No need to fear your grave or tomb.   And here’s why.  In His three day rest in His grave Jesus has hallowed the graves of all who believe in Him.  So, when your body gets buried your grave will be “consecrated/holied by God’s Word and prayer [of faith]” (1 Timothy 4:4).  It’s called the Committal Service.  At your grave the Word of God will be proclaimed and the pastor will pray to the crucified, buried, risen and ascended Jesus:  “Bless this grave that the body of our brother/sister may sleep here in peace until You awaken him/her to glory …” in the resurrection of the body on the Last Day.  To which faith says:  “Amen.”

 

As you believe so you have.    Again this is the power and the fruit of Jesus death and burial that He did FOR YOU!

 

In the Name of Jesus.

 

 

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