VIA DOLOROSA; Step 13

Luke 23:53-54     “Taking him down, he wrapped him in a linen shroud and placed him in a tomb chiseled into the rock, a tomb never yet used. It was the day before Sabbath, the Sabbath just about to begin.”

We know for sure that Christ died. One way we know that is He was buried. The burial of Christ wasn’t a simple matter; here was an enemy of the state who had warned that death could not hold Him. This was a Jew who had died just before the Sabbath; He had to be buried and He had to be buried quickly but Jewish law still had to be followed. Naturally after Christ’s friends had laid Him to rest, precautions were officially taken to secure the tomb;

http://www1.cbn.com/onlinediscipleship/buried-%26amp%3B-sealed%3A-jesus-in-the-tomb

http://www.jesus-story.net/burial.htm


The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that, “It is the mystery of Holy Saturday, when Christ, lying in the tomb, reveals God’s great sabbath rest after the fulfillment of man’s salvation, which brings peace to the whole universe” and that “Christ’s stay in the tomb constitutes the real link between his passiblestate before Easter and his glorious and risen state today.”[25]

Wikipedia 


All the sins Christ had carried on the cross had to be buried so He could rise in glory. In the same way when we are baptized, we are buried with Christ and we rise with Christ. We lay the old man to to rest so that the new man reflecting God’s glory may rise. Sometimes though we would rather stay in the tomb than live the life that Christ expects of us. Whenever we chose to hide our Christianity we stay in that tomb instead of stepping into the light of Christ’s resurrection 


Think About This 

Are you still in the tomb?


Prayer

Dear Lord, Your son’s burial gave me the chance to leave my sinful life behind, please remind me to take it. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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