Sunday’s Saints

November 21, 2021

                       Mark 15:42-16:8
Just like his life and His death, so to is Jesus’ burial and resurrection for us. The Burial | Mark 15:42-47
  • Jesus, even in death, kept the law (Deut. 21:23).
  • He was buried by Jospeh of Arimathea.
– Who was a Pharisee and part of the Sanhedrin (Matt. 26:59).
– A secret believer. (Mark 15:43; Matt. 27-60)
  • The death of Christ gave Jospeh courage, something he didn’t have before, to ask for the body of Jesus.
  • Leverages his power, his influence, his status to appeal for the body of Jesus to receive a proper burial according to tradition
  • God can make you what He needs you to be to carry out His mission
  • For God’s justice to be exempted on earth in the face of injustice, self protection is not an option for the believer. Joseph risked everything.
  • The death of Jesus gave Jospeh humility to perform the ceremonial burial.
  • Typically a job for women or slaves. Not for men of prestige.
  • This was beneath Joseph’s status. By societal standards humiliating.
  • The women, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Salome were present and eyewitnesses.
The Resurrection | Mark 16:1-8
  • Saturday is not the end of the story.
  • On Saturday the reality of Christ’s cosmic humiliation was on the minds of his people.
  • On Saturday our theology ends with atonement. The gospel is deduced to only sacrificial death. There is nothing for the Saint is live in light of. You were purchased yet Christ is not your master, death is.
  • If Saturday was the end, death is our Lord.
  • Sunday comes to those who believe. Jesus really did raise from the dead.
  • Christ’s humiliation set in motion His own exaltation. It was Jesus who said whoever humbles himself will be exalted. And Jesus experiencing cosmic humiliation is now supremely exalted in His resurrection.
  • Because Sunday came, grief, shame, guilt, sin, death can no longer hold you. You are free!
  • Sanctification/Discipleship take on a new dimension. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8).
  • Mary, Mary, and Salome are the ONLY eyewitnesses of the most incredible and unbelievable aspect of our faith. God chose, those whose testimony wouldn’t be considered in court, to be the agents of telling His most powerful moment.