What comes to mind when you think of a tomb or burial site? Do you think of death, pain and loss? Maybe your mind drifts back to the moment you heard of the loss of a loved one. The overwhelming feeling of sheer pain and sadness marked a point at which everything changed and a new normal kicked in. You no longer have this loved one to see, talk to or hold onto. Where this person held a very special place in your heart, you found yourself feeling empty.
Imagine how the disciples and close friends of Jesus felt when they heard and even saw Jesus being taken from them. All the talk of Him having to leave them by sacrificing His life on their behalf suddenly became a reality; in a flash, it all began to make sense. Imagine the horror they felt as they saw Him whipped, flogged, spit on and nailed to a tree. This was the man who had changed lives, the one who gave sight to the blind and healed the sick. This man had become the pillar of their lives, the man who taught of the coming Kingdom. Yet here He was having the life squeezed out of Him.
The loss the disciples and friends of Jesus felt that day must have been tremendous. However, we have the luxury of knowing that this is not the end of the story. Scripture tells us that three days later, Jesus was raised to life again.
Jesus was killed on our behalf. Now we have eternal life through Him. The truth is, when we think of Jesus’ tomb, we shouldn’t think of death, pain and loss but rather of victory and eternal life.
For the next 6 weeks, let’s take a look at the events that led to this moment of victory over death! It will be a journey of sorts; a journey through suffering and death, through the Garden of Gethsemane and the hill called Calvary, then to a borrowed tomb. Let’s walk together to that tomb which now sits empty because of Jesus Christ’s victory over death and sin.
Let’s take our time to embrace the truth of this empty tomb. Let’s engage not just our minds and our hearts in new ways as we look to doctors and artists and poets and theologians who will help paint a clearer picture, a fuller depiction of what it really means, this empty tomb that Jesus left behind some 2,000 years ago.
Come and let’s take a journey to the empty tomb!