Matthew 28:6, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
Picture this, you are at a restaurant and the bill has just been handed to you. As you open your wallet or purse, you notice that it is empty. This would not be good. Empty hopes, empty promises, empty dreams, empty homes, and dare I say some seem to relate to those with empty minds. When one thinks of empty things, there is usually negativity attached to it. Emptiness usually speaks of something finished, over, void, etc…. The first time the term empty was used in the Scriptures it referred to the earth being “formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Emptiness was present, but so was the Spirit of God!.
Let’s fast forward to the time of Jesus, where emptiness was the greatest word that could have filled the air. “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Upon seeing where Jesus’ body had been placed by Joseph of Arimathea, they saw emptiness. The angel said it, but Jesus would confirm His words concerning the empty tomb. “So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them.” Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
This empty tomb is what all of Christianity hinges upon, an empty tomb! Paul said, “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith (1Corinthians. 15:14).” All of Christianity hinges on this one time, occurrence, namely the empty tomb, hence the resurrection. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead then all of Christianity is dead, and deserves to be buried in a tomb never to be thought of again! We should not believe because someone told us to, because we have to believe in something, or even out of tradition. We should believe or disbelieve based on truth. After all who wants to believe a lie? However if the empty tomb is still speaking today of the truth of Christ’s resurrection, we should embrace it, and worship Him and the risen Lord and Savior, because he defeated death, hell, and the grave, paying the penalty for the law that we broke. Is the empty tomb the biggest hoax in history or the great truth of all time? It is one or the other, and all must decide which side they are on, because in reality one’s life depends upon the empty tomb. If Jesus didn’t rise then God is a liar and we are all still in our sins, and our preaching and faith is in vain. If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
The empty tomb speaks of fulfilled promises of prophecy, restored dreams, transcendent truth, peaceful patience, and future hope. Yes my whole life hinges on Christ’s resurrection, I don’t want to be religious, but rather right (a follower of absolute truth). Can you say with full that your faith is hinged upon emptiness, the truth of the empty tomb. If so then pass your faith on, for neither your faith nor your labor is in vain. Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil ;<;