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Letter #206: He is Risen!

April 24, 2011

Dear Easter,

Ahhh, you’re the greatest day of the year. You have to be. Without you, we would have no Savior. Without you, we would still be making sacrifices at the altar to atone our sins like they did in the Old Testament. There’s a ton of prophecy left to be fulfilled, but without you, there would be far more. You symbolize everything the Christian faith stands for and puts hope in.

Yesterday, I wrote about the opportunity I had to visit the garden tomb, the likely place of Jesus’ grave. There are tons of reasons pointing to it actually being His tomb, but do we know for sure? No way. We couldn’t know for sure. The truth is, it doesn’t matter if the garden tomb and Golgatha are where people think they are. What matters is that Jesus died on a cross, was buried in a tomb and rose from the dead on the third day, and it really doesn’t matter where it happened to me. However, it was pretty neat to stand back and observe the swarms of people waiting to witness their Savior’s empty tomb. People from all over the world speaking various languages. Oh, you’re a good day!

Tons of people waiting to step in the tomb...all speaking different languages.

After Jesus was laid in the tomb wrapped only in a linen cloth, a large stone was rolled in front of the entrance. The chief priests and Pharisees got to thinking about Jesus’ claim to rise from the dead after three days. They ordered the grave to be made secure until after the third day to ensure Jesus’ followers didn’t steal His body. So, they set a seal on the stone and posted a guard (Matt. 27:62-66). This ensured any deception wouldn’t happen.

Now, after the Sabbath (in Jewish culture the Sabbath is on Saturday), on the first day of the week (Sunday), people came to the tomb, only to realize the stone had been rolled away by an angel. The angels told them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” They looked in, saw only linen wrappings and marveled at what had happened. Luke 24:1-12

Inside Jesus' EMPTY tomb! (I accidentally posted the wrong picture on Friday about Caiaphas' house) This is Jesus' thought to be tomb.

The sign on Jesus' tomb door...surreal.

Today, we celebrate the fact the tomb was empty and Jesus has risen!! He’s alive. He fulfilled what He said He would do. He became sin and defeated it. It is finished, and Christ is risen!

Grateful for this day,

Sinner saved by grace and given purpose through our Savior

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