On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
I was thinking, as many of us do at this time of year, about that first Easter. It all started with three women, headed to a tomb, with intentions to anoint the empty body of One they loved. But, boy, didn’t that get interrupted quickly? In that moment, expectations were tampered with and plans were trampled on. In that moment, the course of history – the course of life and death – was disrupted forever!
Let’s be honest. Graves are designed to stay occupied. That’s why burial plots don’t come with a rental agreement. So, while it may have been surprising that the tomb was empty, it shouldn’t be surprising that word spread quickly. That’s not the kind of news you’re going to keep a lid on very long, folks! But I was thinking – we tend to focus on the event (and there ain’t nothing wrong with that), but what did that mean for those who had been there? What did it mean for those who saw Jesus arrested? What did the news of that Sunday morning mean for those who’d seen Him die?
Can you imagine the joy these women felt when the angel told them, “He is risen!” (Luke 24:6)?
Wouldn’t you love to see the devil’s face when he found out that his greatest “victory” was his ultimate defeat?
Luke 24:12 says: Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb…
Three nights earlier, Peter had denied Jesus three times. And as the rooster crowed a second time, Jesus had cast His eyes Peter’s way. Peter was running from guilt to hope; from shame to redemption. For Peter, the empty tomb meant a second chance.
For the religious leaders – the ones who conspired to see Jesus dead – the empty tomb was a crushing defeat. Jesus had spent years exposing their hypocrisies. Obsessed with power, these men claimed to be a bridge to God, while standing as a barrier between God and man.
For all those who had followed Jesus, who had learned from Jesus, and loved Jesus – the empty tomb was a cause for celebration, wonder, and joy!
So what’s the meaning of this for us? Three days earlier, Jesus had died to defeat sin. But that first Easter morning: Death died that day! Just as Jesus arose from the grave, no grave will be my final resting place! He has overcome, and through Him, we are overcomers (Revelation 12:11), we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), we are redeemed (1 Corinthians 6:20).
What does the resurrection mean to you? If you’re a Christian, let the fact that He is alive and has overcome be your greatest source of joy!
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