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Lesson Four: Buried No More
Caleb Combs

We have spent the last three weeks discussing being buried in sin, having our hopes and dreams buried, and being buried in sorrow.  In all these studies, we were shown that our feelings, thoughts, and experiences were real and that others faced them too. 

In Lesson One, what were some suggestions to avoid being buried in sin?

In Lesson Two, how does Joseph’s story encourage us when we encounter the detours and potholes of life?

In Lesson Three, is sorrow wrong?  What advice could you give someone who is buried in sorrow?
Mark 16:1-7 records:
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”

Why do you think Jesus singled out Peter (verse 7)?

What was Peter’s last interaction with Jesus?

Luke 22:54-62 says:
Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.

How was Peter buried – in sin, lost hopes and dreams, or sorrow?

Going back to Mark 16:7, how could Jesus’ resurrection and specifically singling out Peter help him be “buried no more”?

It is Easter, and typically instead of our typical greetings, “Hello”, “Hi”, or actually “Greetings”, Christians say, “He has risen!” The anticipated response is “He has risen, indeed!”  This traditional greeting is taken from Luke 24:34,
The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!

Why do you think the disciples responded that Jesus “even” appeared to Simon (Peter)?

Let’s go back to the cross for a moment.  John 19:30 says, When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

What did Jesus mean by it is finished

At the cross, Jesus “buried” our sin.  In His resurrection, He allows us to be “buried no more”.  Jesus completed His assignment.  He paid the price for our sins.  He made it possible for us to be restored and reconciled to God.  His work on earth was finished.

2 Timothy 4:7 uses the same Greek word for “finished”,
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

What “good fights” do we need to take on individually and as a Christian community?

What does finishing strong mean to you?

What does it mean to “keep the faith”?

Revelation 21 (the second to last chapter of the Bible) says:
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death” (verses 5-8).

Jesus again refers to completion by saying It is done!  (verse 6)  Everything will come to an end.  Only two places will remain.  What are they?

What determines our destination?

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 6:4-11:  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Summarize verses 5 and 8.

Our circumstances, reputation, past, and sin don't have to make us feel buried.  They don’t have to hold us back.  Jesus offers life.

He is Risen!

We will Rise again.

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