“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” — Matthew 28:6
Each year, millions of Muslims visit the Green Dome in Saudi Arabia to see the tomb of Mohammed. Similarly, Buddhists travel to several relics where cremated remains of Buddha are located, having been divided up among his followers. And in Egypt the pharaohs, who believed themselves to be gods, built enormous pyramids to house their remains.
Some Christians travel to Israel to see the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to be the place where Jesus was buried.
But there is one great difference for followers of Christ. The tomb has nothing in it.
The very same thing those first visitors to Jesus’ tomb discovered is just as true for you today.
Christ not only died for your sins, but he conquered death and rose from the grave, leaving an empty tomb as a reminder of what he has done.
That’s the wonderous thing about our Christian faith – that we worship a living Savior!
The Easter message is so simple, but so incredibly profound. The tomb is empty because Jesus is risen from the dead. Rejoice in that hope today!
Ask God to give you new eyes to appreciate both the simplicity and profound wonder of the resurrection.
Questions for thought
What does it say about Jesus that, unlike other religious figures, He didn’t leave a body in a grave?
How does the simple truth of the resurrection give you hope today?