He Was Buried!

Mark 16:6

And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.”

Peter Kreeft observes that many people complain of the resurrection as a “crass, crude, physical” ending to the gospels. Such people tend to prefer the idea that “Jesus rose spiritually” and Live On in Hearts of Nice People Everywhere. This is another way of saying that Jesus is dead as a doornail. To this mushy sentimentality, Kreeft replies that the resurrection is a crass, crude, physical thing because death–the stench, ooze, worms, and rot–is a crass, crude, physical thing. Christ experienced death in all its obscene horror and ugliness. And the punctuation mark on that fact is that he was buried. The world thought it was burying a corpse. God knew we were burying a seed.

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