The Secret of the Empty Tomb
So besotted are we by the blood-red message of the Cross, that it’s all too easy to remain there at Calvary, glorying in what Christ did for us, without ever moving on to the second part of the Easter story.
And little wonder!!
But the message of Easter is a message of two equal parts. A message that takes place in two places. Up on a hill, and down in a garden. Up on a cross and down in a tomb. It’s a message about a new beginning … and an amazing future.
So let me ask you a question, also in two parts: What is the secret of the empty tomb? And what does it mean for your life, here and now?
Every year thousands of people climb a mountain in the Italian Alps passing the “stations of the cross” to stand at an outdoor crucifix. One tourist noticed a little trail that led beyond the cross.
He fought through the rough thicket and, to his surprise, came upon another shrine, a shrine that symbolised the empty tomb.
It was neglected. The brush had grown up around it. Almost everyone had gone as far as the cross but there they had stopped.
Far too many have gotten to the cross and have known the despair and the heartbreak. Far too few have moved beyond the cross to find the real message of Easter.
That is the message … of the empty tomb.
– Lavon Brown
We believe by faith that we are forgiven and saved through the cross of Christ. That belief is the centrepiece, the capstone of our faith. Without it, we have … nothing.
But do we believe then with the same faith, that we now have a new life; a victory life; an eternal life, through His empty tomb? I wonder …
As I said, the powerful truth of Easter is a two-part truth. The first part – the forgiveness of the Cross – is our starting point (and what a new beginning it is!). The second part – the newness of life through the empty tomb – is about a radically transformed life. It’s about an eternity that begins the instant we believe in Jesus.
How different would your walk with Jesus be, if you believed in this newness of life with the very same faith with which you believe in the forgiveness that you have in Christ? How different would your life be if you believed that the resurrection is just as important as the death … in your life? That without the resurrection, without this promised newness of life, you are completely, absolutely and utterly, wasting your time believing in Jesus?
If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
(1 Corinthians 15:17)
How much more would you be filled with the joy and the power and the certain hope, by knowing beyond doubt that every breath, every heartbeat, every step are actually part of the new life that you now have in Christ? The resurrection life that has already begun.
Welcome to the secret … the secret of the empty tomb.
And please … please don’t waste it.