Before we move on to Jesus’ resurrection and His return to heaven, we must turn our thoughts to His death and His burial. The world doesn’t want to hear about death, but this is something about which we must speak. There is no Gospel, if we stop short of Jesus’ death, if we speak only of Jesus, the teacher and example. We cannot rush on to His resurrection – a message of joy – without speaking of His death. Resurrection has no meaning without death. The reality of Jesus’ death is underlined in the description of His burial – “the body of Jesus … Jesus was dead … the corpse … the body” (Mark 15:43-46). Jesus’ experience of death was more than physical suffering. There was the suffering of the judgment of God upon our sin, as it was laid on Jesus – “My God, my God, why have You abandoned Me?” (Mark 15:34). The answer to this question is “reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:21). As we read about God forsaking Jesus – because our sin was laid on Him, we must also see that the God, who forsook Him, as He hung upon the Cross, is also the God who raised Him from the dead. All praise and glory to the Lord our God, the God of our salvation!

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