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For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

- Genesis 3:19b

And as concerning that He raised Him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, He said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.

Wherefore He saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

- Acts 13:34-35

And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death.

- Isaiah 53:9a



O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

- 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

But God will redeem My soul from the power of the grave: for He shall receive Me. Selah.

- Psalm 49:15

I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction.

- Hosea 13:14a



It is a great humiliation that our lifeless bodies must be buried. Man's returning to the dust was part of God's punishment for man's sin. The grave is a humiliating consequence of our sin.

Therefore this fourth step of Jesus' humiliation was a deep one. It was most humbling for the Prince of Life to have His body remain under the power of death, buried in the grave.

Yet, this humiliating step was very necessary. Jesus had to be buried for the following reasons:

    1. To prove that He was really dead - All doubt needed to be removed for both critics and believers - the one for their judgment, and the other for their comfort.

    2. To remove the curse of the grave - Man's burial, grave, and returning to the dust were consequences of sin's curse which Jesus removed for His Church.

    3. To remove the terror of the grave - As their Savior and Forerunner, Christ has broken the power and terror of the grave for His children. He has sanctified it with His presence. The grave can no longer hold His Church; Christ has conquered it for them. When dying, their souls immediately ascend to God. Their bodies lie in the grave, which is now a sanctified resting place from which the curse is removed, awaiting their resurrection.

    4. To secure the resurrection from the grave - Christ could not have arisen as the first fruit of the resurrection if He had not been buried. As the Head of His Church, in His resurrection lies the precious seal of His Church's resurrection. This blessed pledge is given to God's people through the burial and resurrection of Christ.

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