There would be no hope without an empty tomb, and we would be hopeless.
The very existence of Christianity depends on the truth of the empty tomb. Without Jesus fulfilling the promise to rise from the dead, what would there be to hope for?
Mary Magdalene had no hope until Jesus found her. She loved Jesus and saw the empty tomb with her own eyes, and later she saw the risen Lord. When Jesus said her name and recognized Him – her life was changed, and hope returned. Jesus called Mary by name and encouraged her to tell the other disciples.
When Jesus walked out of that tomb, He brought hope to the hopeless. He conquered death, hell, and the grave.
1 Corinthians 15:55 says, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
Mark Trammell says, “The empty tomb to a child of God means that sin’s ability to keep us from God is empty, death’s power to separate us from God is empty, and anything in this world that could try and keep us from knowing the love of Christ in our lives is empty! It’s all because the tomb of Jesus is empty.”
Our victory is in Jesus. In His life, death, and resurrection. The resurrection means everything. Without the resurrection, we would have no hope of eternal life with God. We know that the devil is defeated and has no hold on us. We know that we can trust Jesus, and He is who He says He is.
Will you live in the complete victory that Jesus won for us?
Today’s Challenge: Be joyful today. We have the ultimate hope. And if someone asks you why you have so much hope, tell them why.