April 4, 2015

Buried With Christ

Written by Tripp Prince

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 4, 2015

Guest Writer: Meet my son-in-law Tripp Prince. We are blessed to have him write our Lenten devotionals for seven consecutive Saturdays. Today’s is the final one. Thank the Lord for you, Tripp!

So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. John 19:40

In the season of Lent, we are invited afresh to wholeheartedly follow Jesus. This journey begins in the desert and today reaches its final destination: the tomb.

This day has been called many things throughout history: Holy Saturday, Easter Saturday, and Easter Eve, to name but a few. It is a day that is quietly wedged in between the pain of Good Friday and the triumph of Easter Sunday. If we aren’t careful we will blink and miss it! Yet, if we can quiet our spirits and limit the day’s activities and distractions, we will hear an invitation to enter into the silence and solitude of the tomb, for it is in the tomb that the reality of the cross is made beautifully and inescapably present.

Before we enter into the joy of Easter Sunday, we must first let ourselves feel the desperation and longing of Holy Saturday. Feel the finality of death, the chill of the tomb. Don’t rush ahead. Meditate afresh on the depths God went to for us and for our salvation.

Jesus’ descent to the dead is the ultimate display of God’s love for us, for in so doing he brings his healing presence to our deepest place of need.

Death is the ultimate alienation from an eternal God, so it is death itself that Jesus takes upon himself to reconcile us to God (Col. 1:20). The tomb, once seen as a symbol of the triumph of death, is now the launching pad from which eternal life springs forth!

“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).

In order to live in the abundance of resurrection life, are we willing to first be baptized into the death of Christ? Are we willing to give up control of anything that keeps us from new life in Christ? Can we trust that God will replace fear, insecurity, and anxiety with trust, confidence, and peace?

Part of believing in the power of Jesus’ victory over death means trusting him when he says he will accomplish the same victory in our own lives. Since God is reconciling all things to himself, even sin and death, there is nothing in your life that God cannot heal and make new! Trust him today, believing that as we meet him in his death, we will more gloriously meet him in his resurrection.

Prayer: Father, thank you that you love us enough to meet us in our deepest place of need and restore us to full relationship with you through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Related Readings: Psalm 59:10; 1 Corinthians 15:54-55; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:4

Post/Tweet today: In order to live in the abundance of resurrection life, are we willing to first be buried into the death of Christ? #buriedwithChrist #wisdomhunters

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Comments

  1. Bill Edmonds says:

    Very good job Trent! You’re a good writer. God has gifted you….keep using this gift.

    Bill Edmonds
    Columbia, SC

    1. Gwynne says:

      Thank you, Bill, for your encouraging and kind words for Tripp. We will make sure he gets your thoughtful message. We are so thankful for Tripp and his writing and look forward to hearing more from him. We are also thankful for you, Bill, and appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us.
      We look forward to hearing from you again. It is always a blessing for us to hear from one of our Wisdom Hunter’s family.
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne
      “Therefore, I will praise you among the nations, O Lord;
      I will sing praises to your name.” Psalm 18:49

  2. marc says:

    Enjoy ! Bless you.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Thank you Marc. Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Pamela Ransom says:

    Thanks for letting Tripp write the passages for the weekends over Lent.
    I don’t know him but REALLY LOVE THE WAY HE WRITES ABOUT THE WOUNDEDNESS AND HEALING PROCESS OF GOD’S GRACE.
    Please consider giving Tripp more opportunities to write.
    HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Pamela,
      Thank you for your encouraging words about Tripp. We will make sure that he gets your kind message. We are very thankful for him and we, too, look forward to more of his writings in the future.
      Thank you again for taking the time to reach out to us. We are so thankful for you and look forward to hearing from you again.
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne
      “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


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