Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Empty Tomb

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
Even if you were the first to the tomb, it would be difficult to believe that Jesus actually rose from the dead. This is exactly what the Bible says, though. If the whole message of Jesus was, "Do a good turn daily" then it would be a lot easier to pass that message on if you eliminated the difficult business of him rising from the dead. Why is this left in there? Because it is the central point of which the faith depends. Jesus actually died for our sins, and actually rose from the grave, defeating death for all time. 

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