He is not in the tomb!
The Death of Death
There are moments in time when all of a sudden something happens and everything changes. There are so many examples of this that it’s almost hard to pick. I was thinking about the movie The Lord of the Rings. In the second movie The Two Towers they’re hauled up in Helms Deep, which is a protective cave. They are in there, and they are just trying to hold off the evil armies. Sure enough, it’s going bad. It’s going real bad. They are losing the battle. There is this one scene where all of the great warriors are there and they’re deciding that they’re just going to ride out for glory. They are going to die, but they’re going to go out swinging. You are sitting there and you are thinking, Oh man, this is going really bad. They come on out and all of a sudden there is this scene where Gandalf the White shows up on the mountaintop, and the sun’s coming up and he’s got all of the horsemen with him. All of a sudden at that moment it just got real.
When all of a sudden in a moment everything changes, that’s a powerful reality. I’m here to tell you the empty tomb of Jesus changes everything. The fact that that tomb is empty changes everything. Not only for us as individuals but for who we are, how we live, and why we live the way that we live.
The reason why the empty tomb is so important is because Jesus, who did nothing wrong, conquered death. It’s the death of death. Jesus murdered death finally. You and I are mortal, but if we put our faith and trust in Jesus we take on Jesus’ immortality. You and I have corruption in our hearts, but as we believe in Jesus we take on his incorruption. We hit that point where it says, listen, “O death, where is your sting? Hell, where is the victory?” You know what? They lose. It’s over. That’s why he says, “We are more than conquerors.” That we have the victory through Christ Jesus our Lord.
That’s what Resurrection Sunday is all about. It’s about the victory that Jesus won by conquering the grave. All he asks of you or anyone is that you would simply believe in his victory, that you would trust him. Then the Holy Spirit takes up residence inside you, and you begin to lean into that victory in your own life. If you’re mortal, you want immortality. If you have corruption, you want incorruption to be gifted to you. All you have to do is believe upon Jesus. That’s it. So this Resurrection Sunday, the choice is yours.