The message of the cross is meaningless without the empty tomb. “But now Christ is risen from the dead” (1 Cor. 15:20, NKJV). The resurrection completes the cross.
“In one of the villages of Northern India a missionary was preaching in a bazaar.As he closed, a Muslim gentleman came up and said, ‘You must admit we have one thing you have not, and it is better than anything you have.’
(A Treasury of Bible Illustrations Copyright © 1995, 1998 by AMG International, Inc., PC Study Bible CD)
But that’s the whole point of Easter! Mohammed is in his coffin. But Christ is risen! And He’s alive today! He’s now seated at the right hand of God. We serve a risen Savior!
Here’s the Good News of the Gospel. Christ died on the cross to cover your sin, to calm God’s wrath, and to carry away the guilt and punishment of your sin. But he did not stay dead. He rose again for your justification!
I like the story about the boy and his father who were planning a fishing trip for the next day. That evening, as the father was putting his son to bed, the boy hugged his father and said, “Dad, thank you for tomorrow.”
That’s what hope is. In hope, we look forward to a brighter tomorrow, knowing that the Lord will see us through.
No matter what problems you face today. No matter what pain you are carrying. There’s hope for tomorrow—because Jesus is alive! He’s seated at the right hand of the Father. And he lives forever to intercede for you and for me.
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