Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
We use Psalm 16 on Holy Saturday as well as Easter Sunrise. Let's take a look at verse 10, which fits this celebration very well. "You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption" (ESV).
Augustine of Hippo always made sure we were aware of the Psalms being about Jesus. Here, as we realize especially on Easter, Jesus was not allowed to see corruption. He died, yes. But he was placed in a tomb undergorund and didn't have time to decay. He was raised again to life.
When we die, we have every reason to expect that we will see corruption. In this we are different from Jesus. This is one of the main reasons that Christians have historically been relatively unconcerned with embalming. Our body can decay. Jesus did not decay. He rose from the dead and can raise us as well. There's no need to fear.
On Easte, then, and every day, we remember that Jesus remains the uncorrupted one who will raise us in the last day. He can do it.
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