Empty Tomb(s)

By: Tim Grissom
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”
—Matthew 28:5–6
The cross was hideous. Rough, splintery, bloody. It had but one purpose . . . two actually: to torture and to kill.

An empty, bloody cross meant that it had discharged its gory duty. The condemned one was dead. Publicly executed so that no one would doubt his guilt or condone his behavior.

The corpse was then taken to a tomb. Sealed away in darkness. Out of sight to all and out of mind to most.

But this is where the story of the Christ breaks the pattern. An empty cross? Yes, all the crucified left an empty cross behind. But an empty tomb? This was new!


Surely the angel could hardly restrain himself when he uttered those words that secured redemption’s promise: He is not here, for he has risen.

Can you imagine?

And yet there is more: "The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you” (Romans 8:11).

Your tomb will be empty, too.

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