Consider this situation with me. A family has just buried their loved-one only three days ago. Now, much to their surprise and amazement, that same person is now up, walking around, and communing with family and friends. The entire community is in an uproar over this monumental event. Now, let me ask you a question. What significance does the grave they buried him in three days ago hold, now that he is alive and reunited with the family? The answer is, NONE. It is insignificant. It’s an empty hole that can now be used by another person. Some of the family may have visited the grave sight briefly out of curiosity, but once it has been proven to be empty, it’s just another hole in the ground.
As Christians, we often major on the minors, and I believe the empty tomb just might be one of them. Every year around “Easter”, a huge deal is made about the empty tomb. Everything in the church from bulletins to church signs have some variation of a rock formation with a hollowed out spot and a huge round boulder to the side. Accompanying the picture of the empty tomb is typically a verse out of Mark or Luke saying “He is not here, but is risen…“. Don’t misunderstand me, the empty tomb is a glorious evidence of the power of God, and a fulfillment of our Lord’s promise to rise again. But what exactly did you expect? The Lord Jesus Christ said He would rise again, (Matthew 12:40; Mark 8:31; John 2:19) so why do Christians make such a huge deal about the empty tomb? Furthermore, since He is alive, and lives forevermore (Revelation 1:18), who cares about a cave where He spent a few nights. Let someone else’s corpse rot there…He is alive! Whether it is an empty manger, an empty cross, or an empty tomb, Christians need to realize that Jesus Christ is alive. Not only is He alive, but He is IN YOU (Colossians 1:27), if you have been born again (John 3:3). Stop making idols and icons out of things, and start getting to know HIM!!