He Was Buried

April 7, 2013 Pastor: John Fonville

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1–4

He Was Buried


Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

April 7, 2013




Man’s life is a stream, running into death’s devouring deeps…It is appointed for all, by Him whose counsel shall stand. This appointment cannot be shifted; it is a law which mortals cannot transgress…He [Job] knew that he must meet with death; that his soul and body must needs part; that God, who had set the time, would certainly see it kept,” (Thomas Boston, Human Nature In Its Fourfold State, p. 323).




I.     Christ’s burial is proclaimed by all four Gospels (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42).


A.     The tomb belonged to another.


B.     The tomb was new and unused.


C.     The tomb was cut out of rock.


D.     The tomb was in a garden.


E.     The tomb was near where He was crucified.


II     Christ’s burial was a fulfillment of the Scriptures.


A.     Psalm 16:8-11


B.     Psalm 22:15


C.     Isaiah 53:9


D.     Matthew 12:40


III.       Christ’s burial was to show that He was really dead.


IV.        Christ’s burial fulfilled the curse of the law and brought it to an end.


V.         Christ’s burial sanctified the grave.


VI.        Christ’s burial confirms that the dominion of sin and death has been broken in those who believe.


VII.      Christ’s burial testifies to the reality of resurrection.




[Christ was buried so that] “we may be confirmed in the hope of the resurrection, as we, after His example, shall also be buried, and shall be raised again by His power, knowing that Christ, our head, has opened up the way for us from the grave to glory,” (Zacharias Ursinus, Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, p. 225).


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