Jesus, You are the One Who rose from the dead. You won the victory over death, and You left angels to announce that victory. After going through the torturous death of the cross in obedience and love, You left an empty tomb behind, and that empty tomb is a joyous message and a great celebration for us. Because death could not hold You, death cannot hold us. That cold dark empty tomb hewn out of solid rock no longer holds a body; it is vacant.
Matt 28:59 And Joseph took the body and rolled it up in a clean linen cloth used for swathing dead bodies60 And laid it in his own fresh (undefiled) tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a big boulder over the door of the tomb
and went away.
Matthew 28:1-9 (AMP)
Now after the Sabbath, near dawn of the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb.
2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled the boulder back and sat upon it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his garments as white as snow.
4 And those keeping guard were so frightened at the sight of him that they were agitated and they trembled and
became like dead men.
5 But the angel said to the women, Do not be alarmed and frightened, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, Who was crucified. 6 He is not here; He has risen, as He said [He would do]. Come, see the place where He lay.
7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples, He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.
8 So they left the tomb hastily with fear and great joy and ran to tell the disciples. 9 And as they went, behold, Jesus met them and said, Hail (greetings)! And they went up to Him and clasped His feet and worshiped Him.
We have tombs in our lives as well, hewn not out of solid rock, but out of lies believed, fears, discouragements and pain. They imprison our souls in a cold darkness. My friends, those tombs can be as empty as that tomb so long ago on the first Easter morning. We just allow the brilliant light of Jesus into our heart. Trust Him to help purge those little deaths. Live no longer in the dark, but trust all those things that entomb us, to Jesus. He went through the horrible sacrifice for us; He poured out His blood to save us from eternal death ~ and from the joyless life.
Jesus desired us to live with His joy and gladness in our hearts all the time. All the time? Yes, all the time. He prayed to His father:
John 17:13 And now I am coming to You; I say these things while I am still in the world, so that My joy may be made full and complete and perfect in them [that they may experience My delight fulfilled in them, that My enjoyment may be perfected in their own souls, that they may have My gladness within them, filling their hearts].
Take up the challenge! Cast aside the lies that bring fear, and discouragement, and pain. Let your heart be an empty tomb, and rise up in new life to sit with Jesus beside His Father at His invitation! Soar to the bright light of the Savior, of the King of Kings, of the Son of God! Come out of the tomb in the victory Jesus has already won for us! Be resurrected to new life in Christ!
Romans 6:5-7 (NLV)
If we have become one with Christ in His death, we will be one with Him in being raised from the dead to new life.
6 We know that our old life, our old sinful self, was nailed to the cross with Christ. And so the power of sin that held us was destroyed. Sin is no longer our boss.
Let the empty tomb be our call to a victorious life! With Jesus living in us, no tomb can hold us either. Triumphantly run your life race with Him! Live the message of Easter!