by Jerry Vines

"THAT'S GOOD NEWS: HE WAS BURIED" I Corinthians 15:1-40
I'm going to read two passages of scripture this morning and if you'll turn in
your Bible to them we'll look at them together. The first one is in I Corinthians
15 and the second place will be in the 19th chapter of the gospel according to John,
We're speaking for three Sundays now on "That's The Good News." In a world filled
with bad news it is so wonderful to be able to come into the house of God and read
about and talk about and sing about some good news. And that's what we're talking
about - the good news - the gospel. If someone should ask you what is the gospel?
What do we mean when we talk about the gospel? What would you have to say? What would
your answer be? Well, Paul lays before us in I Corinthians 15 what the gospel is. So
in verse three I want you to notice these words: For I delivered unto you first of
all that which I also receive, how that, #1-, Christ died fo our sins according to
the scriptures; #2 that he was buried, and #3 that he rose again the third day accord-
ing to the scriptures. Those are the three essential truths of the gospel. Christ died
for our sins. He was buried and He rose again the third day.
Last Sunday morning we took up the first one: Christ died for our sins. He took
our place. That's substitution. Jesus died for us. He paid the penalty of our sins
in his own body on the tree. Now today, the second essential of the gospel is he was
buried. Now we sometimes forget that. Sometimes we omit the second essential of the
gospel. He was buried. Now let's read about the burial of Jesus in the 19th chapter
of the gospel of John. John 19:38: And after this Joseph of Arimathea being a disciple
of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away
the body of Jesus and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of
Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and
brought a mixt ...

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