The gospel of Jesus Christ is described by Paul the apostle as “…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). Do you notice the part that is often left out, or at least neglected?
In all the gospels it is obvious that Jesus died, and was buried, and rose again the third day. John goes into a little more detail about it…
“Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.” John 19:40-42
So why is the burial important?
First of all, it assures us that Jesus died on the cross; He was not just swooning, or faking a death of sorts; He died.
Secondly, in the burial the type of the “Scapegoat” of Leviticus 16 is fulfilled. The priests would lay their hands on the head of the living goat lead it into the wilderness, and that goat was never seen again. In laying their hands of the head of the goat it portrayed the placing of their sins on the goat, thus, not having to worry about their sins for another year.
With Jesus, who became our sin on the cross of Calvary, in His burial He carried our sins away, our guilt and condemnation, our shame; and He left them there; never to condemn us again.
In the third place; there could be no resurrection without a death, and burial. There are certain groups of people who claim to believe in Jesus, but deny that Jesus died, deny that He was buried, and thus deny the bodily resurrection. These are also those who deny that Jesus is the Son of God, and God the Son.
The burial is important. Let us make as much of the burial, as we do of His death, and resurrection. By the burial we have the assurance that we do not need to worry of fear about our sins, our shame, our guilt, or condemnation. Read Romans 8:1.
All because He lives.