It surely was a dark hour for the disciples when that Friday’s sun sank in the west. Satan seemed to have conquered and utterly to have destroyed the good seed of life which God had sent down from heaven. A Persian fable says that the earth was created a great barren plain, without tree or plant. An angel was sent to scatter broadcast the choicest seeds on every spot. Satan, seeing the seeds on the ground, supposed that the sowing of the seeds was God’s work, and determined to destroy it. So he buried all the seeds in the soil, and summoned sun and rain to make them rot away. But while with malignant feeling of triumph he smiled on the ruin he had wrought, the seeds which had been buried away to rot germinated and sprang up, clothing all the earth with plants and flowers, and in beauty undreamed of before. And a voice said from heaven, “Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die.”
The application is obvious. The burial of Christ was thought by his enemies to be the end; but in truth this was the very way to the glory of Christ. He himself had said, “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” Christ’s burial in the grave was but the necessary way to his final and glorious victory. So now when we lay our beloved Christian dead in the tomb it is in the assured hope of blessed resurrection. The grave is but the shaded way to glory.