“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”
I’ve been to both the Garden Tomb and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Both are reputed to be places where the body of Jesus was placed after His crucifixion. In both cases and places, there’s only an empty tomb.
I’ve also been to the tombs of David, Abraham, Isaac, Sarah and Rebekkah. The bodies of those ancestors are there, entombed in holy sites that pilgrims visit to pay their respects.
People still visit the other sites, but to do more than pay homage to Jesus. They do it to celebrate that He’s truly not there. They do it because He was resurrected, brought back to life by His Father through the power of the Holy Spirit.
You can visit the tomb of the founder of practically every other major world religion:
Buddha was cremated and placed in relics that can be visited in Sri Lanka.
The grave of Confucius is in a coastal town in southwestern China.
No one knows what happened to “Veda Vyasa,” the central figure in Hinduism. That terms actually applies to 28 people who have compiled the beliefs of the Hindu faith.
In spite of his reported journey to Heaven and back on a donkey, Mohammed’s remains are interred in Medina, Saudi Arabia.
The founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, was murdered by an armed mob and is buried in Nauvoo, Illinois.
L. Ron Hubbard, who founded Scientology, died of a stroke and had his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
Jesus, our Lord and Savior, rose from the dead on the third day. His victory over death gives us the power to escape a spiritual death, and allows us the opportunity to live forever with Him in Heaven. But only if we accept that He truly is Lord.
Today, thank the Lord again for His sacrifice, and for dying – and living – so that we can die to sin and be alive for Him. Renew your spirit in Him, and let this Easter be the first day of your spiritual life. Live each day in the resurrection power that his victory over death gives us, and spread that joy to a darkened world that desperately needs it.
Reflection copyright © 2016 Doug DeBolt.
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