The Grace and Power of Jesus During the Most Unjust Execution in History, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 325)
TEXT: John 19:38-42:
38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 325.
David Guzik said, “The burial was the great and final connection of the Son of God with the humility of man. There is a radical identification aspect — where Jesus connects with you in every way possible, and He invites you to connect with Him. He was buried with us, in the humiliation of utter humanness. We are buried with Him — spiritually by faith, ceremonially by baptism. He identified with us; and we, by faith, identify with Him.”
On the evening of the day that Jesus was crucified, thousands of Jewish families in Jerusalem would carefully kill, dress, and take part in the eating of a Passover lamb. While this process was just beginning in the city, two prominent Jewish leaders — Joseph and Nicodemus — reverently removed the body of the slain Lamb of God from the cross. They took it to a freshly-hewn tomb and began to prepare it for burial. Normally, servants would be employed to do this kind of work, especially for these wealthy men. But can you imagine Joseph and Nicodemus handling the bloodied and battered body of the Lord? Listen to how one commentator describes it: “They examined His entire body and found broken pieces of thorns all over His head. They saw His bloody, matted hair, the terrible bruising of the face, the areas of His beard that had been pulled out, the dry and cracked lips. They turned the body over to see His shoulders and arms riddled with splinters; each one was removed with care. The back, from the shoulders down, was a bloody open wound from the terrible scourging suffered before the crucifixion. His hands and feet were smashed and bloodied. On the front — just beneath the rib cage — there was a gaping wound made from the spear thrust that confirmed His death. The worst of it all were the eyes that did not see and the voice that did not speak.”
“Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.” The significance of the garden location is not lost on John. For it was in a garden that the spiritual life of Adam was lost and buried.
Jesus. Dead! The Romans had verified it. You couldn’t tell Joseph and Nicodemus otherwise. They had performed the autopsy. Buried! No one could deny this. And why was it important?
First, it was important for Jesus to demonstrate that He actually defeated death. Because the wages of sin is death, it would not have been enough for Jesus to just take away sin on the cross. He needed, ultimately, to take away the sting of death and, one day, death itself. When Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb, He was identifying with the ultimate mark of being a man, being a mortal on this earth — death, the one thing that everyone has to submit to sooner or later. By dying Himself, Jesus took the chill, the pain, the aspect of punishment out of the touch of death.
Then, the burial of Jesus was also important because it fulfilled prophecy. The fact that He was buried in a rich man’s tomb fulfilled Isaiah’s prediction. And Him being in the tomb for three days fulfilled Jesus’ own prediction. Every single detail of God’s plan for His Son was carried out to perfection, and there were eyewitnesses to verify it each step of the way.
Finally, the burial of Jesus was important because it was a set-up to prove the power of Jesus Christ and God. David predicted that God would not allow the body of His Holy One to see corruption or decay. When Jesus’ body was taken into the tomb, it was beaten and marred. But, when Jesus came out of the tomb, all of His wounds had healed. He had the same physical body — demonstrated by the fact that He retained the scars in His hands, His feet, and His side — but a body that was no longer susceptible to decay and degeneration. When we die, our bodies will slowly crumble into dust, but, if we believe on Jesus, one day, He will call us forth from the grave in physical bodies — the same physical bodies that we have today, but ones that have been reconstituted and glorified like His. We, too, will no longer be susceptible to disease and decay, and in that eternally glorified state we will be with God, we will love God, and we will enjoy Him forever.
Thank God for the burial of Jesus Christ! Robert Lowry wrote:
Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph over his foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
and He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
Jesus was numbered with the dead temporarily so that you would not have to be numbered with the dead forever. His death on the cross and His resurrection provides salvation from sin and a home in Heaven for all those who believe in Him like Joseph and Nicodemus did. Here is how you can be free from sin and the punishment of sin today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.