Tomb Stories: 2

Last time on tomb stories, we saw that out of a single event, emerged two broad stories. One, a deception that has spanned the ages, and has perpetually kept men in bondage. Essentially, the lie that was believed. The other, the truth from the mouth of them that were eyewitness, who could not help but testify of the truth that they have now encountered, even if it might have sounded unbelievable. It is to this second story we now turn to. What did the empty tomb have to say, even as it said nothing?

So the event itself:

Matthew 28:1-4
[1]In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
[2]And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
[3]His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
[4]And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

That these events happened was never in doubt. In fact all concerned parties agreed that they did happen. Because we find in verses 11-13:

Matthew 28:11-13
[11]Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
[12]And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
[13]Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

The resultant effect of the event was an empty tomb. That is an irrefutable fact, even of history. To answer the question of how, the real method was presented in verses 1-3 of the 28th Chapter of Matthew. The alternate method was offered in verse 13: The body of Jesus was stolen. That doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, and at any rate, it concedes an Empty tomb.

What then is it?

Matthew 28:5-7
[5]And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
[6]He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
[7]And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

He is not here: for he is risen.

For all time sake, this is the point where all history converges. The point at which all history changes. He is risen. The Empty tomb stands as a testament that He is not here, and even till today, if you check, you will find that he is not here. Actually, he is risen. Risen to never die again.

This then is a great Christian truth:

1 Corinthians 15:16,20-22
[16]For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
[20]But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
[21]For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
[22]For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

That is the resurrection of Christ from the dead, as distinct from every other resurrection recorded in time, in his resurrection, death was defeated. And in his resurrection, all are made alive, all can be made alive. The Empty tomb then is proof that death has lost its power, for the tomb was open, left open, never to be closed again. This is also true for as many as are in Christ.

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. This is true for all in Christ.

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