The empty place
SPRINGFIELD, MO. Three grief-stricken women arrive at Jesus
tomb to anoint His body with spices. Because the stone blocking the
entrance is rolled away, they fear the body was stolen.
An angel speaks to them. "Dont be alarmed," he says. "You are
looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He
is not here. See the place where they laid him" (Mark 16:6, NIV).
The women peer into "the place" to confirm the angels story.
Despite the evidence and the angels explanation, their hearts
are troubled and their eyes fill with tears. Disappointment, hope and
bewilderment converge into one confusing emotion.
But, upon seeing a living Jesus, their sorrow turns to joy. Instantly
the empty tomb is transformed from a mournful memorial to a miracle
monument. And Christs teachings become the words of a Savior rather
than a martyr.
For 2,000 years the empty "place" has declared the deity of Christ
and other truths:
Jesus is Gods Son. When Jesus walked the Earth, He was more than
a social commentator or hailed humanitarian; He was God. His miracles
werent trickery and His words werent scripted. He lived
perfectly because He was and is God.
Death is conquered. The power of the grave is broken. Because Jesus
defeated death, we can experience eternal life. Though our mortal bodies
wither and die, we can live forever in the presence of God.
Jesus is a living Savior and Friend. Jesus did not ascend into heaven
to be a distant Savior. He came to Earth to establish a relationship
with us that would last for eternity. He resides in our hearts, hears
our prayers and guards us from the evil one.
This Resurrection Sunday, let us remember the significance of the empty
"place" and these words of the apostle Paul: "Thanks be to God! He gives
us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57).
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