For you see, the stone was not rolled away so Jesus could get
out, but so others could get in and see that Jesus had in fact
risen from the dead just as he promised. The Angel invited
these women to see for themselves the evidence that Jesus was
The evidence of the Risen Christ that these women saw was an
empty tomb. But, "How can there be evidence of the glory of
God in emptiness?" Well, the empty tomb is merely a giant
fingerprint that the hand of God has touched this place. The
empty tomb is not the reality; the reality is the power of God that
makes possible the empty tomb.
The "reality" is the power of God that took the sting out of
death and robbed the grave of its victory. The empty
tomb is where Jesus battled death and death came up empty
handed. On this glorious Easter morning, the empty tomb was
just a place which Jesus used for a dressing room to pull off death
and put on life; where he pulled off mortality and put on
immortality; where he pulled off humanity and put on divinity; the
empty tomb is where Jesus pulled off pain and put on power; where
he pulled off degradation and put on glory.
The Message of the Empty Tomb is a message of hope for those of
us living empty lives, those of us who have run out of answers from
everywhere else; those of us who are desperately in need of a
living hope. The empty tomb lets us know that the emptiness we
experience in our lives is not our reality, that there is power
beyond what we see in the emptiness. On that first Easter morning,
these women were invited into the empty tomb to "come and see"
beyond the emptiness, to see by faith the glory and evidence of a
We are invited today to "come and see" what God has done in
Christ Jesus and then "Go" and tell the good news with running feet
and a transformed life. To "Go" and tell that there is power in the
fact that Jesus is the risen Lord and it has significance and
relevance for our lives.
In a world that is searching for life, we should go and tell all
people that Jesus Christ is the Lord of life. In our homes, on our
jobs, in all the places where we find ourselves; we need to go and
tell all people - Our Savior lives. The resurrection takes away all
fear. In the words of that old hymn: "Because He lives I can face
tomorrow; Because He lives all fear is gone."
For Easter gives us the assurance that even in the darkest
moments, God is working for our good, that God can bring victory
out of defeat, hope out of despair, life out of death. Easter is
not only about what happened close to 2000 years ago; Easter is
also about what God is doing today and what God will do in the
future. It is not just a "back then" thing, it's a "right now"
thing. What Easter tells us is that God has the last word. In the
end, God wins.
So Easter is not just one day on the calendar, but good news
that permeates and transforms all of life. For long after the
Easter lilies have died, the power and glory of the risen Lord
still prevails to give meaning to our daily lives.