March 25, 2005
But the angel answered … “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said…”
In 1943, an American liberator bomber, the “Lady Be Good,” flew a mission over Italy and returned toward its base in North Africa. The plane lost its way and could not break radio silence for fear of giving away the enemy. Finally, the fuel tanks registered empty. The plane was set on automatic pilot, and the crew jumped into the desert.
In 1960, 17 years later, the “Lady Be Good” was found—her water tanks still intact. A search nearby discovered the bones of the crewmembers. The plane was lost because it couldn’t break the silence.
In the events that surrounded and led to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God broke the silence and shackles of sin that had entrapped mankind in the grip of Satan since the Garden of Eden! Whereas, the cross speaks of God’s love for the world, the empty tomb speaks of God’s victory over death, hell, and the grave!
“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). At the prime of Jesus’ life, He died on the cross for the sins of all mankind! Today, Jesus Christ won’t be found just in history books, philosophy, or in a grave—He is alive and real, sitting at the right hand of the Father, and living in the hearts, minds, and souls, of believers everywhere!
In 1885, when General Gordon discovered the Garden Tomb, he was convinced it was the place where the body of Jesus had lain. Hidden for centuries, the tomb was covered with rubbish almost 20 feet high. When they cleared the spot, with great caution, they gathered all the dust and debris in the tomb and shipped it to the Scientific Association of Great Britain.
Every part of it was analyzed, but there was no trace of human remains. If it was the real tomb of Christ, then Jesus was the first to be laid there and also the last! Jesus is NOT where most people seek for Him—in dead rituals, forms, church buildings, works, and feelings. He is alive and when we surrender our lives completely to Him and begin to develop a relationship with the One who saved us, we will find that to be true.
Thank God for the salvation He gave you when He gave His life on the cross for your sins. Thank Him for saving you from death and for giving you new life, so you can spend eternity with Him. And praise Him today for being your risen Savior, King of kings, and Lord of lords.
BECAUSE HE DIED FOR OUR SINS AND ROSE FROM THE GRAVE
TO LIVE AGAIN, WE SHALL ALSO LIVE WITH HIM FOREVER.