It was empty.
Empty. An empty tomb. Yet that emptiness brings joy to the heart of every person who believes that Jesus Christ, crucified on a cross, His dead body laid in a borrowed, stone-cold tomb sealed by a huge rock, actually arose from the dead on what we call Easter Sunday.
A group of women, followers of Christ who went to the tomb early that Sunday dawn to attend to Jesus’ body with spices, found the boulder rolled away and the tomb empty. But that’s not all they found.
Angels appeared to them and asked, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how he told you while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ “ (Luke 24:5-8)
He lives! He lives! That was the astonishing cry that His followers believed and one that filled their hearts with great joy.
And that’s the same refrain that fills our hearts today with unbounded jubilation. He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
The emptiness of death is defeated forever because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross and because of that empty tomb.
“The resurrection of Jesus changes the face of death for all His people. Death is no longer a prison, but a passage into God’s presence. Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!” ~ Clarence W. Hall
Jesus’ purpose on earth was fulfilled. Before His death He proclaimed to those who loved Him: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
Because of the resurrection of Christ, death has no grasp on His believers. Those of us who call Him our Savior need not fear about the darkness of life, nor the finality of death as some do. Jesus is victorious over all because of His resurrection.
“The devil, darkness, and death may swagger and boast, the pangs of life will sting for a while longer, but don’t worry; the forces of evil are breathing their last. Not to worry…He’s risen!” ~ Charles R Swindoll
We rejoice in His victory over eternal death.
And some day, when our bodies can not linger any longer in this world, we too will rise when He calls our names. No more sorrow. No more pain. Just joy. Inexplicable joy when we enter the presence of the Lord forever.
Please listen below to one of my favorites songs by Christian musician Chris Tomlin and allow me to ask you a question that I hope you will ponder while you listen: when death darkens your door, will you rise in Christ?
I pray for a blessed Resurrection Day for you. A day filled with joy and hope and knowing a Savior that conquered death.
“After death something new begins, over which all powers of the world of death have no more might.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer