by Travis Bryan III
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. ” Romans 6:3-4
Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death . . . Rom 6:4a.
This is our state on Saturday, the Saturday between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. We are buried. Think about how the disciples felt on that burial Saturday. Those are the same temptations and anxieties you will have when you have been buried with Christ.
Can you remain there quietly in the tomb for however long God decides? Saturday is a day where grief of loss remains but faith believes resurrection joy is coming.
Remember we are buried WITH Him. Christ is always going through it with us. We participate with Him in His burial just as much as we do with Him in His death and resurrection. We wait with Him. We trust with Him. Doubts may try to creep in. We ask Him, will resurrection really come? Is this the end?’ Are your promises real? Will I really be delivered? We struggle in the silence. We struggle with patience. But He comforts us. God keeps His promises. Resurrection is coming!
Burial is all about rest. The Sabbath Rest is a type or foreshadowing of our burial with Christ. Our flesh (self) is finally brought to stillness and complete rest in burial. Our old self is dead lying in the tomb. BE STILL and know that I am God. Ps 46:10. The Hebrew word for “be still” also means “be lazy,” “be slovenly,” “let your hands relax and hang down,” “cease striving,” and “stop fighting.” This is the attitude of a buried person, a person buried spiritually but still physically walking around on the earth. He has ceased striving to gain or maintain control over people and circumstances. Self has consented to just sink down into the tomb and be buried into sweet rest. The Saturday Sabbath Rest. Don’t run out ahead of God! Just rest, remain and trust.
God wants us to experience this complete rest of burial. Rest means cessation of all human effort, self-salvation and anxiety. Stop trying to climb out and up to God. He will only infuse us with His resurrection power when we finally come into the full stop position, rest, death and burial.
Lifeguards used to be taught not to try to rescue a drowning person who is still flailing his arms trying to save himself. They are taught to wait nearby and move in only when the drowning person is finally exhausted and quits struggling against the water. If the lifeguard moves in too soon he could be hit and knocked out by a flying elbow. Both will drown. He must wait until the person is sinking before he reaches out and executes the deliverance.
We must wait on God. Stop flailing. They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. Is 40:31. God will not infuse resurrection life and power into a person who is still trying to save himself by rule keeping, human effort or religiosity. He waits until the person is surrendered to the water, dead to self and buried.
Have you ever noticed that a buried person does not retaliate or become violent. A buried person is not offended when you stamp on their grave and curse them. They are totally at peace. You can call a buried person every dirty name in the book and they will not raise a finger against you. You cannot disturb the peace of a buried person.
The key to being buried is waiting in faith. There may be an interlude between your daily, weekly or seasonal death and your resurrection. Can you wait on God during this time of burial? His timing is perfect.
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Heb 4:10-11.
Let’s learn God’s Word together. Sign up here to receive the Moments with My Master sent out 2-3 times weekly to edify Christ’s body.