Scholars have pointed out that Joseph of Arimathea, in giving his tomb to someone outside of his own family, was forever giving up its use. But the tomb where Jesus was buried on Friday was empty on Sunday! Besides the eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ appearances, the empty tomb is one of the greatest evidences of the Resurrection! Jesus’ friends and enemies, supporters and detractors, skeptics and believers, all agreed – the tomb was empty! But now, what can you do with an empty tomb?
Well first, you can toss in your past failures, sin, and guilt!
Nearly all of us would say “there is at least one thing, if not many, in my past for which I feel guilt. Something that I would go back and do over if only I could.” If we are honest with ourselves, we would say “there are things I regret doing. I have sinned against God and others.” The fantastic message of the cross and the empty tomb is that you and I can experience God’s forgiveness! Remember Paul’s word…
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; NKJ)
At the Cross, Christ became the sacrifice for our sins. The Resurrection is the stamp of God’s approval upon the sacrifice! The Resurrection is the proof that Christ’s sacrifice was accepted.
This means that no matter what you have done in the past, it can be forgiven. Whatever you have done, whenever it was, wherever you have failed God, or others, or even yourself; you can receive a full pardon! You can have a clean slate! You can have a fresh start! Take those old sins, regrets, guilt, shame, and toss them right into the empty tomb! Now you can walk in the new life of Christ!
What else can you put in the empty tomb? Come back tomorrow and find out.