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The Tomb is Empty, Our Hope is Full

The tomb is empty.

Our hope is full.

The Resurrection and the Life died a criminal’s death, broken and defeated. He lay three days in a rich man’s grave.

The women, his friends, came to honor Him and to anoint His body. They came to remember the man they loved. But He was gone. In place of His dead body they found two angels, shining and bright and alive.

“Why do you seek the living among dead? He is not here. He is risen.”

The angel’s statement was shocking, but they knew it was true. They knew in their soul that Jesus could not die forever. As soon as they heard the news, they ran to tell the disciples.

He’s alive!

The tomb is empty.

Our hope is full.

The disciples could not believe it at first, but once they did, everything changed. They ran to tell their friends, to tell their enemies, to tell the world. The word spread among the Jews, the Greeks, and the pagans. Death was defeated and life had come.

For years to come, for hundreds and thousands of years to come, death would stalk God’s people. But death would never have the sting it used to.

When Jesus broke out of that tomb, death itself was broken. It wasn’t only the stone He rolled away. He also rolled away the hopelessness of those who dwell in the shadow of death, yet who long for eternal life.

When we shout, “He is risen,” we also shout our own resurrection.

“I am the Resurrection and the Life,” he said. “He who believes in me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

Because He rose, we will rise. Death cannot claim forever those whose hearts are attached to His.

Jesus destroyed our great enemy when He burst out of the tomb early one Sunday morning. And now the one who believes will live to see the day when death is forever undone, and those who sleep in their graves will emerge into the shining light of the Author of life.

The tomb is empty.

Our hope is full.

Death is defeated.

Life is victorious.

Jesus is risen.

He is risen indeed.

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