The Empty Tomb
20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
No, it was not the Roman soldiers who took the body of Jesus. Why would they? They were convinced He was dead. What motivation would they have had to move the body?
And as far as the Jews were concerned, they certainly would not have disturbed the grave site of Jesus. They didn’t believe the scriptures that said Jesus would rise up on the third day. Besides, in their minds, Jesus wasn’t the Messiah which their Old Testament scripture spoke of…he was yet to come.
Indeed, it was the Heavenly Father who raised the Savior from the dead, defeating the second death of the spiritual realms! As the lyrics of the church hymn we sing says: “He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign…”
In the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, over 300 biblical prophecies about the Lord were fulfilled. Following His resurrection He appeared to more than 500 people on about 12 separate occasions. He even ate with His disciples and let them see and feel His wounds from the cross.
The fact that He arose from death to eternal life is the very foundation and basis of our faith as Christians. It is what we aspire to as we live in the body of Christ. At our death, we will ascend into heaven to live with our Lord forever, as well as, all the saints who have gone on before us!
And then on Judgment Day, the entire population of the church will be gathered up and brought to heaven to live in love, joy, and peace forever. All justice will have been brought in heaven and earth, and all things will be made new again…
Prayer: Thank you O Lord God for sending your Son to die on the cross and be lifted up on the third day to eternal glory. By His death, burial, and resurrection we too have the hope of an eternal life as we obey the gospel of Christ. It was and continues to be an act of immeasurable love and gift of grace through Jesus, and we thank you so much for it. May you forgive our sins as we mature in our walks with Jesus. Guide, guard, and protect us as we await the day of glorious victory! In His name, Amen…
refs: ~biblegateway.com~ Google~biblocality.com~