Daily Archives: April 6, 2012

Week 56 – Part IV: Buried He Carried My Sins Far Away

Then Joseph . . . laid [the body] in a tomb . . . (v. 46)

There is something special about the old hymns. Many of them   carry a powerful message, a strong anointing, and a doorway into the praises of heaven—helping to carry our spirits to new heights of adoration and a deeper sense of the heart of God.

Today, I’d like to focus on the next line in the hymn One Day (Glorious Day by Casting Crowns). 

One day they led Him, up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him, to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He

Living He loved me, dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified, freely forever
One day He’s coming…

Oh, Glorious Day!

Buried He carried my sins far away…

The Apostles’ Creed tells us that Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. I understand the crucified and died part, but why on earth do I need to confess that Jesus was buried? The answer given by the Heidelberg Catechism is as simple as it is brief: “to make it clear that He was really dead.” Jesus Christ really died on Good Friday so that He, and in turn we, could be really raised.

They lowered His dead body from that rugged cross and carried it to a borrowed tomb.  Our Savior knew this day would come.  He also knew that by His death, our sins’ debt would be paid – in full.  Nothing ever again would have to be done to purchase my/our forever.  Our Believer’s Baptism symbolizes the death of that old way of life.  Our new lives should be full of grace and good works because that sin nature has been removed.  Yes, we are going to fall into sin from time to time but He carried those sins far away.  I know, for me, it hurts when I think of how my new sins must hurt my Lord.

What does His burial mean to you?

Bright Morning Star

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give youthis testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16

Jesus calls himself “the bright Morning Star” in Revelation 22:16 and “the root and offspring of David.”  This signifies that he is the fulfillment of all the prophecies regarding David and the Messiah who would come from him.  David’s eternal kingdom has been inaugurated and is coming to completion with the coming of Jesus once again to earth.

In Balaam’s prophecy in Numbers 24:17 he says, “A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.” And in Isaiah 60:1-3 we read, “”Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”

The morning star signals the dawn and the beginning of a new day.  Jesus identifies himself as the bright Morning Star in fulfillment of the prophecies of the coming Davidic kingdom that are all about to be fulfilled with his coming again to earth.  The process has started its completion and his coming will finish it.

Jesus is encouraging his church to hold on in the knowledge that he is coming and all that we have longed for will be realized with his coming.  Our hope is not in this world, or in what we get out of this world, but in the One who is coming to get us and make of us a new kingdom that will last forever and reflect His glory forever and ever.