Day 20

The Burial of Jesus

from the Mark reading plan


Mark 15:42-47, Lamentations 3:1-9, Lamentations 3:19-24, Colossians 1:15-23

BY Bailey T. Hurley

Standing off in the distance, the same women who had watched Joseph of Arimathea take Jesus’s body down from the cross also watched as His body was “laid in a tomb cut out of the rock,” with a stone rolled against the entrance (Mark 15:46). Their Savior, Lord, and friend was now dead and buried. 

Can you imagine how they felt? If I had been there to witness the stone being rolled over the entrance—sealing His body inside—I wonder if my waning hope for a Savior King would’ve been sealed inside, too. The darkness and overwhelming sadness of the event must have made Jesus’s trusted followers feel utterly hopeless. 

Many of us know what it feels like to believe God has left us. We know what it’s like to doubt. We’ve had our own dark seasons—seasons where we’ve felt susceptible to the attacks of the evil one, lacking all peace. 

I have walked through seasons of depression and extreme anxiety and have had the same thoughts as the writer of Lamentations: “My future is lost, as well as my hope from the LORD” (3:18). And in those moments, there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel or an end to the suffering. 

For followers of Jesus in that day, it was difficult to see the light at the end of their tunnel. We can now rest on this side of the resurrection, but it’s important to sit in the space where those first Christ followers once found themselves. Sometimes, we need to lean into our questions, doubts, and brokenness with open hands, expectantly waiting for God’s next move. Because even when it seems all is lost, dead and buried and grieved, God is still doing something.

While the disciples hid in their homes, God was busy defeating sin and death. While Mary Magdalene looked at the closed tomb, God was reconciling everything to Himself through Jesus’s blood, shed on the cross (Colossians 1:20). While Jesus’s followers sat with doubt, fear, sadness, and loss, God was faithful to keep His promise to save His people. 

In our dark seasons, when we feel hopeless, God is still moving and working things out for our good. There is hope in Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. “Death no longer rules over him. For the death he died, he died to sin once for all time; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:9–11). Jesus is still our one, good hope. May we stay expectant of God’s deliverance.

Post Comments (45)

45 thoughts on "The Burial of Jesus"

  1. Jenna says:

    I keep thinking about what Tony Evans said. “When God is silent, He is not still. God does some of His best work in the dark. Trust Him. He’s there.”

  2. Angela Mwape says:

    ❤️ I will wait on you Lord, you’re the sun in my horizon . The beautiful rose of Sharon , my balm in Gilead . I ‘m waiting because love is coming – thank you lord because you live I can face tomorrow ❤️

  3. Cristina Starr says:

    ♥️

  4. Kate Condran says:

    ♥️

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  6. Terany Garnett says:

    The moment of his death and carrying Jesus to his tomb had to be the worst feeling to carry your hope to its deathbed. Thankfully we serve a living God

  7. Lorna Davis says:

    ❤️

  8. Mercy says:

    I never witnessed a death on the scene before, but I have witnessed traffic accidents on highways, in which I did not know the people personally, however as a bystander, my heart immediately sank, and I would say a quick prayer upon seeing broken pieces of crushed vehicles and wondered if the person could make it. The death of the Lord was worse, and would crush the hearts of those who witnessed. But, there is Hope forewarned. The prophecy Jesus said He would rise again on the third day (Mark 10:34) had been given ahead of time. This tiny sprinkle of hope must have escaped their mind. Of course, to be forewarned of a tragedy and to actually go through it are two different things. But as always, there is hope, there is hope, there is hope. You will find hope if you look for it earnestly, search for the hope He promises somewhere, ask God to remind you. The Lord is mysterious but He gives hints to navigate. For the plans He has for you is to give you Hope and a Future (Jeremiah 29:11). Therefore, wipe away your tears, pick yourself up you soldier of God. Mourning will turn into dancing, sorrows will turn into joy. For the Lord is coming back. That is the God we serve.

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