When Jesus’ followers arrived at the tomb on that first resurrection morning, they found that the stone had been rolled away. When they entered the tomb and saw that it was empty, they were greatly perplexed. But then two heavenly messengers appeared and gave them this encouraging news, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!” (Luke 24:5, 6). This scene with its empty tomb expresses the uniqueness of Christianity among the religions of the world. Jesus Christ is the only living, risen Savior.
A conversation between a Christian missionary and a Muslim illustrates the point. The Mohammedan wanted to impress the missionary with what he considered to be the superiority of Islam. So he said, “When we go to Mecca, we at least find a coffin, but when you Christians go to Jerusalem, your mecca, you find nothing but an empty grave.” To this the believer replied, “That is the difference. Mohammed is dead and in his coffin. And all other systems of religion and philosophy are in their coffins. But Christ is risen, and all power in heaven and earth is given to Him! He is alive forevermore!”
Yes, the empty tomb testifies of a risen Savior. It assures us that the work of salvation has been completed, and that there is hope for us beyond the grave. On this special Sunday, be thankful for a Savior who died for us and who lives for us.
Praise God for the empty tomb! – Richard W. De Haan
What has the empty sepulcher
To say to you and me?
It tells us that the Savior’s death
Has set His people free. – Reich
The resurrection assures what Calvary secures.
- April 7, 1985, Our Daily Bread