Well let's open the Word of God then to the fifteenth chapter of the wonderful gospel of Mark. We all understand the importance of the cross. We looked at the details of our Lord's death. We're very familiar with all the explanations of the meaning of the cross that are given to us by the Apostles and their associates who wrote the books of the New Testament. We're very familiar with the importance of the cross, the priority of the cross, the wonder of the cross, the miraculous nature of the death of our Lord.
And we also are very well aware of the resurrection, even though we haven't arrived yet, added in Mark's gospel, we...not too many months ago did an entire series on the fifteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians and looked at the meaning of the Resurrection of Christ in all of its implications and facets. We have studied the Resurrection in the other three gospels. We understand its miraculous nature. We understand its massive and eternal implications.
Those are two very, very significant marks in the life and ministry of Christ. There is one, however, in the middle of them, between the cross and the resurrection that is equally monumental, although it is usually overlooked. It is the burial of Jesus. Maybe you've never even thought about that. Maybe you've never even taken time to consider the significance of the burial of Christ. It had human elements, but was no less supernatural than what was happening at the cross, or the Resurrection. This is an amazing, supernatural, divinely orchestrated event. And I mean by that, the burial of Jesus Christ. You might even say that when He was dead in the body, He was alive in the Spirit and He basically coordinated His own funeral. He controlled every detail of His own burial.
The burial of Jesus is strong affirmation of His deity and His Messiahship, strong affirmation of the veracity of Scripture, the deity of Christ, the sovereignty of God and the purpose of history. All of that from the burial of Jesus....