Why Was Christ Buried?

tomb“Those who bury Jesus. . . do not understand Him as He wants to be understood. . . . Never had Christ been so concealed as now, never had divinity receded so far as now, never had He become so completely unknown to the sons of His mother as now. The discrepancy between the majesty of God and the body of the man Jesus was never as great as now.” (K. Schilder, “Christ Buried,” in Christ Crucified, p. 555).
“[T]he burial of Christ represents the beginning of his glorification. . . . God shows us that the grave is but an intermediary state, and that and that heaven is busy preparing for the time when this ‘intermediary’ condition will no longer be necessary. Christ receives, He accepts, the new grave in which never yet man lay. . . . He who enters the grave here is none other than the Kurios, the Lord.” (K. Schilder, “Christ Buried,” in Christ Crucified, pages 558–559).

“And this, too, was brought about by the secret providence of God, rather than by the premeditated design of men, that a new sepulcher, in which no man had ever yet been laid, as obtained by our Lord, who is the first-born from the dead, (Colossians 1:18) and the first-fruits of them that rise, (1 Corinthians 15:20). God intended, therefore, by this mark to distinguish his Son from the remainder of the human race, and to point out by the sepulcher itself his newness of life.” (John Calvin, Commentary on a Harmony of the Gospels).

Quotes used in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church.

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