Luke 24:2 – They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. (NIV)
On our trip through the Holy Land, at the side of the road was a tomb, with the stone rolled to one side. The bus stopped, and those with cameras were given the opportunity to leave the bus for a quick shot of this tomb, and then get back onto the bus.
Some time later, I was going through my photograph album, and came upon this picture. I had a project in mind, and, for some reason, this picture seemed to be the one to use. Although it had been hastily taken, it had turned out well, and I chose it for my project. But then I had second thoughts, and asked the advice of several people, one of whom was a retired minister. He looked at it, and, not wanting to hurt my feelings, he said that it was not suitable, because the entrance to the tomb was darkened. He thought that it should show the light of Christ radiating from the tomb.
I agreed, and started to look for something else for my project. As I looked at other views, and sorted through my stack "piling system", a small piece of paper fell to the floor. I picked it up and read it: "The empty tomb is the key that unlocks the door to Christianity."
Suddenly the picture took on new meaning. The darkened, empty tomb was right. The tomb shouldn't reflect the light of Christ, for He had risen from the tomb. He was not there. The tomb could not retain Him, and it was empty.
Today is Easter. The tomb is empty. Christ has risen from the dead, and is alive both in heaven and in our hearts, today and forever.
Luke 24:6 – He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee. (NIV)
Prayer: Almighty God, holy are You. We come to You this day to worship You and to give thanks for the empty tomb — for Christ, our Lord and Saviour, has risen to be with You, and we can now come to Jesus in the assurance of His forgiveness of our sins and of His life eternal. Thank You for the gift that You have given, that we might live in Jesus forever. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.