Never forget to remember.
When all looks lost — when everything’s at its worst — never forget to remember the empty grave.
Many of the Jews wanted Christ to be the conquering warrior. They wanted the Messiah of Revelation 19, not the crucified Christ of John 19, and so they refused to embrace the empty grave.
To the Jewish leaders who’d crucified Christ, the empty grave was a problem, not a comfort.
To us, it means we can face pain, fear, and evil and stand in the knowledge that they are not the end. They’re the three long days before the empty grave.
For three days Christ’s followers saw the grave as total defeat.
They felt the searing pain of loss.
They feared they’d be next.
How could Christ’s death mean anything other than that the Son of God had been defeated by evil?
What hope could they hold for their future? For anything?
But on the third day, hope rose with the Son. He’s alive.
The grave stood empty.
The grave remains empty and Christ lives today, yet good people still endure pain and loss. God’s children still suffer.
Christ overcame hell and death, but He didn’t charge out of the grave as the conquering warrior of Revelation 19. He didn’t set up His millennial reign on earth when He stepped out of the tomb.
He defeated the power of sin and death, but sin, death and Satan still affect each one of us — for now.
Never forget to remember the empty grave.
The empty grave is our promise.
It’s where we learn about Christ and the choice we have before us.
God is using everything that touches our lives to bring us to our point of decision to either accept Christ’s invitation or not. To accept the empty grave and believe in Christ, or deny it and its meaning.
And He’s using this world to mold and shape us into a shining reflection of His Son — the One who walked out of the dark grave and into the light.
Christ’s followers’ darkest moment had never really been dark. It had always radiated the light of victory, but they couldn’t see it until the end of the three long days. When Christ walked out of the grave.
If we embrace the reassuring promise of the empty grave, we can face today, tomorrow, and eternity, enjoying peace with God and the peace of God.
Hope is alive.
Jesus said to her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
he who believes
even if he dies,
and everyone who lives
will never die.
Do you believe this?”
~ John 11:25-26
Listen to “Remember” by Passion.
Passion’s song Remember speaks (or rather sings) of the exciting promise of the empty grave. Listen, and never forget to remember.
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