The Tomb is NOT empty … it’s Full of Evidence!

When celebrating Resurrection Sunday during the second half of the First Century, Christians would greet each other with “He is risen”!  The usual reply would be, “He is risen indeed”!  We continue that tradition today … in fact, 2 billion+ believers on our planet will exchange that greeting with each other throughout today … but

  • “What does this really mean”?
  • “What difference will it make in our everyday lives of following Jesus”?

“He is risen” points to the fact that His tomb is, in fact, empty of His body.
  Because He has conquered death and the grave, He lives! … He now sits at the right hand of the Father … and He intercedes on our behalf.

But His empty tomb is, therefore, full of corroborating evidences to this historical fact.  Click on this link for a helpful article published by Koinonia House … Evidence for the Resurrection.

I love the lyrics to the classic hymn, “Hallelujah! What a Savior,” written by Philip P. Bliss in 1875.

Man of Sorrows! what a name

For the Son of God, who came

Ruined sinners to reclaim.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

~~~

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,

In my place condemned He stood;

Sealed my pardon with His blood.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

~~~

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;

Spotless Lamb of God was He;

“Full atonement!” can it be?

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

~~~

Lifted up was He to die;

“It is finished!” was His cry;

Now in Heav’n exalted high.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

~~~

When He comes, our glorious King,

All His ransomed home to bring,

Then anew His song we’ll sing:

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

But what difference will this evidence-filled, empty tomb make in our everyday lives of following Jesus?

Fortunately, the apostle Paul answers this question for us.  In 1 Corinthians 15, he invests 57 verses to strongly define his case for the So what?” of the empty tomb.  I urge you to invest time today reading and contemplating Paul’s conclusions.

Verse 58 begins with the word “therefore” … and we know what that means … stop and ask, “What’s it there for?”  In this verse Paul simply lays out the Now what?” of the Resurrection … his Spirit-directed recommendations for our lives today.

If you want to dig a little deeper, then check out this online article, What Difference Does the Resurrection Make? by Thomas Schreiner, a Pauline scholar from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Three books to take you deeper still are …

  • Risen: 50 Reasons Why the Resurrection Changed Everything, by Steven D. Mathewson
  • Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, by Russ Ramsey
  • Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, by N.T. Wright

*Don’t read the article or any of these books, until you have first read 1 Corinthians 15!

“He is risen indeed”!

Peace & Joy!

~ tr

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