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I Believe in Jesus’ Death and Burial

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again,

Mark 8:31

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Scriptures Referring to Jesus’ Death and Burial

From the angel Gabriel’s announcement, Jesus’ life headed toward the cross. He came to die. About thirty-three years after His birth, on a dark night in Jerusalem, His shocked disciples scattered in fear after His arrest. But they shouldn’t have been surprised. Not only did Jesus predict His coming death (Mark 8:31), but all of Scripture points to it. Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote,
He was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
(Isaiah 53:5–6)

Jesus came to earth to die for our sake. After being sentenced by Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, Jesus died a literal death on a wooden cross. His followers took His broken body and buried Him. The creed spells this out, declaring that we believe these are historical events that actually took place.

The Atonement

Jesus’ death served a precise purpose. By dying in our place, He brought us atonement. As one scholar put it, “The atonement is the work Christ did in his life and death to earn our salvation” (Grudem 1994, 568). Christ made amends for our wrongs. He reconciled us back to God. He lived the sinless life we could not live. He died the death we deserved to die, going into the grave meant for us. Jesus willingly took our place.

Christ suffered intense physical pain on the cross—the Romans’ most brutal method of execution. Hundreds of years earlier, Jesus’ ancestor David wrote Psalm 22. His words carried deep prophetic meaning, especially when we think of the crucifixion. David wrote,
I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
(Psalm 22:14–15)

While he may not have known it at the time, David described in excruciating detail the death his descendent would die. On top of the physical pain, Jesus carried the spiritual weight of our guilt. When we know we have sinned, our stomach turns in knots. Christ, the only one who had never felt guilt, took on all of ours. As He took on our sin, He became the object of God’s wrath. In those hours on the cross, God the Father poured out His hatred of sin on God the Son. In His agony, Christ quoted the Psalms: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1). As we think of what happened at the cross, we reach our limits of understanding and are left in mystery and awe.

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Daily Question

If we believe in Christ’s death and burial, how does this affect our understanding of His love for us?

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I will start by saying I always feel I am getting off track with the question but I am pouring out what’s in my heart at this time after listening/reading. He loved us so much he was willing to pay the penalty we should have gotten. Before we were created he knew us and what we were do and knowing all this he still said YES I will take away all there sons so one day they might spend eternity in Heaven with me. Everything he went through knowing this from day one what was going to take place and he experienced the pain suffering separation from his Heavenly Father and even asked him as we do every day if there is any other way this cup can pass from me NEVERTHELESS NOT MY WILL but THY WILL BE DONE!!! I don’t know about you but I don’t know if I could have done that. We all want to do his will but a lot of times we fail and he still waiting for us with open arms. I think this is the part that people just don’t understand It is finished he said and all ee need to do is receive the free gift and believe. That is agape love to lay down ones life for his friends, what would your honest answer be? We can all say yes I would but when the rubber meets the road no one really know what they would do myself included. Knowing what Jesus did for me is another day I can once again do my best and live for HIM! I Love you Jesus ??

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