TORN – Day 40 – Holy Saturday, 4/16/22
“I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Today’s Scripture reading is 1 Corinthians 15:1-12
Why is the word “buried” recorded in today’s Scripture? Isn’t it obvious? … Buried follows dead. Why is this word important to our faith? “Buried” not only offers proof that Jesus died, but also shows us the high cost of our sin. Dead on the cross and laid in the tomb, Jesus was cut off, his very life torn from him. Yet, his burial declares that God makes the grave itself holy.
God doesn’t abandon us, even in the grave. It is there in the grave that Christ, our Scapegoat, is buried. With him, our sins are buried, removed forever: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). All the way to the grave! Reflect on what might be the Bible verse you would like placed on your tombstone someday.
Prayer: “Jesus, the grave couldn’t hold you! May that hope be with those near death…”