Featured in the April, 2015 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Let’s go to Joseph’s garden as the day is just dawning. Flowers lift their faces to the blue sky. The rising sun touches the dew drops turning them into jewels. Birds fill the air with their morning songs.
The guards are gone. The stone is rolled away from the sepulcher. The mouth of the tomb is open.
The mouth speaks! The tomb talks! What does it say?
The talking tomb says, “Jesus is not here! He is risen!” (Matthew 28:6).
The tomb speaks, “Powerful government is defeated” (Matthew 28:4). The power of the mighty, glorious Roman Empire evaporated with the morning mist before the empty tomb. All the Pilates and Caesars of the centuries will bow before the One who wore the thorny crown.
The tomb says, “Phony religion is condemned” (Matthew 28:11, 12). The Judaism of Christ’s day was not following what Moses and the prophets wrote. It was all externals. Nothing of the heart. These were the religious leaders who paid Judas to betray his Master and bribed the guards to tell a lie. So phony, liberal leaders today mock real Christianity. The tomb states, “There is a new day of worship”. No longer is it the seventh day of the week, but the first day (John 20:1, 19, 26; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:2), and this is called the “Lord’s Day” (Revelation 1:10).
The tomb affirms, “Doubts are dispelled”. The skeptical Thomas and all other doubters are assured of the resurrection (John 20:27).
The tomb testifies, “Deserters are reclaimed”. Those who have departed, like Cleopas and his friend, because of confusion or wavering faith, come back with the other believers (Luke 24:13-35).
The tomb whispers, “Tears are wiped away” (John 20:13).
The tomb cries out, “It is time to rejoice” (John 20:20).
The tomb declares, “Death is defeated”. “The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (I Corinthians 15:22, 26, 55, 56).
The talking tomb announces, “There is Good News!”. This is the Gospel of Christ dying for our sins, being buried and rising again on the third day (I Corinthians 15:1-4).
Out of the emptiness of the tomb comes the fullness of the Gospel.