The Burial of Christ and Entering His Rest

November 13, 2016


The Burial of Christ and Entering His Rest

Preached on 20161113

By Pastor Bryan Walker

Text:  John 19:31-42 NASB

Preparations for the Passover Sabbath (a high day)


  • Crucifixions: Prolonged death
    • Bodies were left to rot, birds
  • Break the legs – breath
  • Unlawful to leave them on the cross


Deuteronomy 21:22-23 NASB 

  • Interesting verse, the Jews didn’t crucify people (4 ways, burning, sword, stoning and strangulation)


Sabbath – Jesus is killed and buried just before the Sabbath

  • He is done with his work, IT IS FINISHED

Heb 1:3  …When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,


  • Women’s Bible Study
    • God’s overarching plan, written in the Bible
    • “The scriptures testify about me”
  • Wednesday nights (The Sabbath)


Christ Restores the Sabbath

  • Communion with God
  • Remember Christ’s words, “IT IS FINISHED”


Where does the Sabbath come from?


Genesis 2:2-3 ESV 

  • God didn’t rest because he was tired
  • God was enjoying His creation


Genesis 2:8 ESV  And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.


  • Man was the keeper of the garden
  • He was given the woman as a helper
    • Adam and Eve enjoyed the Sabbath with God
    • They were the pinnacle of his creation
    • He walked with them
    • He talked to them
    • They were in his presence
  • He named all the animals and communed with God
    • BUT – GO TO Genesis 3:23


Genesis 3:23-24 ESV 

  • Something happened between verse 2:8 and 3:23
  • Only one commandment
    • Why does God give us commandments? Our Good
  • Curse
    • SWEAT – thorns, thistles
    • Pain in child bearing
    • The relationship between husband and a wife
    • To the ground you shall return
  • Man is under the curse / judgement of God


  • If there is a God:
    • Why is there evil?
    • Why is there suffering?
      • Lying, Cheating, Stealing, Murder, Betrayal
      • Sickness, Disease, Wars
      • Sweat, work and toil, just to get by
      • And then you die
    • Why doesn’t he do something about it?
    • How can he subject us to this world?
      • We know HE DID DO SOMETHING


  • Men of the world, If you don’t believe in God how can you curse Him?
    • Humm…
  • Deep down we all know there is something better


  • The promise land was a “type” of entering into rest with God
  • Noah’s Ark was a “type” of Christ
    • Foreshadows of things to come
  • Jesus has finished his earthly work
    • We enter God’s rest through Christ




  • So they break the 1st and 2nd
    • But, Jesus is already dead


(34)  But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.


  • Blood and water (What is the meaning of blood and water?)
    • Don’t know for sure
      • Blood for sanctification?
      • Water for justification (baptism)? Unknown
      • The spear could have lanced the heart? Unknown
    • Do know for sure
      • He was dead
        • God wasn’t dead, never was
      • Some said he didn’t have a physical body
        • Thus he didn’t suffer
        • Blood and water is proof of the body and suffering


John 19:36 NASB 

  • Exodus 12:46 – They were not to break the Passover Lambs bones


John 19:37 NASB 

Zechariah 12:10 NASB 

  • The work of redemption is completed
  • BUT, not everything is completely fulfilled
    • We still have the resurrection of the body
    • The return of Christ!


Revelation 1:7 NASB 


(38)  After these things Joseph of Arimathea


  • Joseph of Arimathea
    • Secret follower of Jesus for “fear”
      • No one knew he followed Jesus
      • Eventually stepped out
    • Mark says he gathered up COURAGE and went before Pilate
    • Matthew tells us he was rich
    • Provides a rich man’s grave
  • Nicodemus (Change view, regenerated)
    • John Chapter 3 (The Son of Man will be lifted up)
    • John Chapter 7 (do you judge before you hear him out?)
    • 100 pounds of spice
  • Took the body
  • Bound it in wrappings and spice
  • Laid him in a NEW tomb / in a nearby garden
    • Only rich – tombs had roll away stones, normally bricks
    • Tall enough to stand in
    • Opening about 4 ft
  • Tombs would have more than one bench or shelves
  • Jesus is buried in a garden
    • Adam and Eve were driven out of a garden


Isaiah 53:9 NASB 


  • Judged with the wicked men (cross)
  • Buried with the rich (Joseph of Arimathea & Nicodemus)


We know it was Passover time

Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread – 7 days

  • Christ is the Passover Lamb
  • Not a bone was broken

Sabbath /High day

“First Fruits” Beginning of the harvest / day after the Sabbath


FIRST FRUIT (Resurrection Sunday):

Leviticus 23:11 NASB  ‘He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.


Why the “day after the Sabbath???” (Sunday – Resurrection)


1 Corinthians 15:20 NASB  (20)  But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.


  • The first BORN belongs to the LORD
  • The entire tradition of the first born: How significant is THAT!!!


I ask this question again –

  • What did God do about sin, death, sickness, disease, famine, disasters, war…
  • He sent his only begotten Son to redeem us
    • Redeem means to buy back
  • He made a way of escape (Christ)
    • Noah’s ark
    • The promise land
    • The road to PARRICIDE is through Christ
  • So, why is there still a fallen world?
    • The guilty WILL NOT enter into his rest
      • They will not step one foot in PARADISE
    • The world is mixed with wheat and tears
    • On the last day
      • God takes his wheat into his barn
        • Rest/Paradise
      • He binds the tears and burns them
    • Rest comes “only” through Christ
      • You know the way
      • The narrow path

Joh 18:36  Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world

Joh 18:37  Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”


  • The CURSE and PROMISE renewed in Revelation
  • Those who are of evil will continue in evil
  • Those who are in Christ will continue in righteousness


Revelation 22:11

Leave with this reading


Romans 6:5-11 NASB 


Sermon preached by Pastor Bryan Walker

One Way Christian Center

A Reformed Baptist Church, in Olustee Oklahoma

Olustee is about 12-15 miles from Altus and Altus Air Force Base

Our service times are Wed @7 and Sun @1030

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