Death, Burial, Resurrection & Ascension


            The death of Jesus was necessary because we were dead in our sins.  This fate was inherited because of Adam’ sin; Rom. 5:12, “… one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”.  Jesus was born of a woman; therefore he also had a sin nature.  Our sins could not be forgiven without the death of Jesus; Heb. 9:22, “…..without shedding of blood is no remission.”


            The burial was also a necessary part of our salvation in order to keep the law; Deu.21:21-22, “……and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree…..His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled…..”  Once Jesus died on the cross for our sin, his body could not remain on the cross; it had to be buried; John 19:31, “…..because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day…..”  In keeping with Jewish tradition and law, his body had to be removed and buried; this also is proof that he was actually dead.


            If Jesus did not rise from the dead, his death would have been no different from the death of any other man who had died.  If Jesus was not resurrected, then we are still dead in our sins; 1 Cor. 15:17, “…..if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”  Jesus’ body was buried a natural body but resurrected a spiritual body; 1 Cor. 15:44, “it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body”.


            Without the ascension of Jesus into heaven, there would be those who would compare the resurrection of Jesus to the resurrection of Lazarus.  Yes it is true that Lazarus was raised from the dead, but he had to die all over again.  Jesus, after his resurrection was given a new body; spiritual body, immortal body, and an incorruptible body.  Not only was he resurrected from the dead, he ascended into heaven; Acts 1:9, “…..while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight”.

            Jesus Christ death is the only person who could have given us salvation, because he is the only person who lived sin free; Heb. 4:15, “…..but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”  Mankind was placed in a sinful state by the actions of Adam; 1 Cor. 15:22, “… in Adam all die…..” and mankind was given salvation by the actions of Christ Jesus; 1 Cor. 15:22, “…..even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”  The ascension also is a sign that he is alive and will one day return for all of those who believe in his death, burial, resurrection; John 14:3, “…..if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”