Mark 16:6 – “… Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.”
Today it seems that wherever we look, we find people in what seem to be hopeless situations. Maybe someone got the news from the doctor that the cancer is incurable, or someone lost their job, or stress, not enough time, family problems, financial difficulties, and shattered hope. Imagine the feeling of hopelessness that Jesus’ disciples had to face between crucifixion and resurrection? They had left their livelihood to follow the Promised Messiah with the expectation of Jesus becoming the next King of Israel and restoring Israel to its former glory as in the days of David and Solomon.
On Easter morning, the women said among themselves, “Who would roll the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” (Mark 16:3). The stone wasn’t rolled away so Jesus could get out; it was rolled away so we could get in. God wants us to see the miracle of the empty tomb. He wants us to realize that He has power over the most frightening thing we can ever face, death. Many people today have allowed a stone to remain between them and God. There are many different types of stones that get between God and us. The stone of sin, guilt, pain, religion, good works, and spiritual blindness. Many people work hard to remove these obstacles with their own effort and not relying on God. God wants to move the stone out of our way, so that we can see the empty tomb and be assured.
The empty tomb gives us the hope that Jesus is risen and He is sitting at the right hand of the Heavenly Father and interceding for us (Rom. 8:34). He has gone to Heaven to prepare a place for us (John 14:2). That is the greatest hope that we have. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25). Though Paul was persecuted for his faith, he said, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). Are you willing to commit your life to Jesus and thereby receive eternal life, and live with Jesus in eternity?