Most tombs are famous because of the people whose remains they contain. You can visit the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, where Egyptian kings who wanted to live on forever were buried. Westminster Abbey in London is famous for the notable people who rest there. Mohammad’s tomb is noted for its stone coffin and the bones it contains. Arlington Cemetery is known to house the remains of many outstanding Americans. But these memorials are full of dead men’s and women’s bones.
The difference between the tomb of Christ and all of these other burial places is simple: this tomb is famous because it is empty. Jesus Christ is alive today, and His resurrection is the anchor for every Christian’s faith.
I think nothing better sums up the Christian’s resurrection hope than the chorus of this song by Bill and Gloria Gaither.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.
Are there uncertainties looming ahead in your future? Maybe you are seeking God’s will concerning employment after graduation. Perhaps you wrestle with other fears which threaten to stifle your joy and disrupt your peace. Cast your cares upon Him Who holds the future in His hands. Even your darkest day is worth living because Jesus lives. His resurrected life can give you a unique perspective on the trials and afflictions in your life—one of victory rather than defeat. Not even death itself could overcome your Savior. Nothing will stand in your way if you are in His hands.
It is always interesting when one doesn’t see. If you don’t see what a thing means, you must be looking at it the wrong way around. — Agatha Christie
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.