“He is not here; He has risen just as He said. Come see the place where He lay.” Matthew 28:6
“For I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live yet Christ lives in me, and the life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
As believers, “Christians” we have long celebrated and focused on the cross where Jesus died. We do so with a supreme purpose and reason, Peace!
The cross settled the debt, it bridged the gap, and it ended the war of sin and separation between God and man and brought peace to anyone who would simply believe, confess and repent. Halleluiah! Glory to God in the highest, at last peace would dwell within us.
The cross was only the beginning of our transition though. It was the starting point of our redemption. If there had only been the cross Jesus’ work would have been incomplete, we would still be waiting on “the rest of the story” like those who believe in non-risen saviors.
Praise God for the empty tomb, for it represents life, hope, an assurance that we too will overcome death and have victory over the grave. It is at the cross we die with Jesus, to ourselves, for the glory of God and His purpose for creating us. It is at the empty tomb we celebrate the victory, the reward of our death which by paradox of faith in Jesus is the very life we seek. Without the empty tomb there would have only been death and burial, but it is in the resurrection that we are complete in our faith, our victory in this life. “Though we were dead, yet shall we live!”
The empty tomb is our assurance in a Living Savior! May we all celebrate in the joy and victory that it represents to those of us who believe and walk by faith in the shadow of the cross.
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