Such a great event deserves to be remembered even after Easter. What does the empty tomb mean to me? Everything; His birth, life and death were momentous but needed His resurrection to complete His work here on earth.
Can I explain what it means to be a ‘new creature’ in Christ? For those with faith no explanation is needed, for those without faith no explanation is enough. Why did the disciples doubt when Jesus had told them that He would rise again? I wonder when God is talking to us today are we hearing and understanding?
Each day this week and next week we are getting nearer to the time to when Jesus dies on the cross for our sins and then rises on the third day. We know what is going to happen on the 15th of this month; the disciples didn’t. These men didn’t know that their time with Jesus was down to a few days. They imagined Jesus their Master would continue preaching and healing and some believed He would then conquer the Romans. It was outside their imagination that He would be crucified and their dreams would come crashing down. From where they were standing they didn’t know the concept of substitution and redemption.
Matters are so different for us. We are the other side of the crucifixion and resurrection. We know Jesus dies and rises from death. We know it was for our sins. Their incomplete picture is made complete for us. We can rejoice and not weep. Hallelujah Christ has risen.