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The Tomb Really Was Empty!


We have heard the old expression about the two things that are certain - death and taxes. No one likes paying taxes, and death is the common apprehension of us all. By all means we hold death off for as long as possible, and consider it a great tragedy when it comes upon someone unexpectedly. Even scripture describes death as an enemy. (I Cor.15:26) But it is an enemy that has been overcome by our Lord Jesus Christ.

That is the great message of Holy Week and Easter we carry through all the days of our life. Death has come into the world by our rebellion from Almighty God. He declared to our first parents, that in the day they rebelled from His command they would surely die. (Gen.2:17) It is true, when we choose to follow other paths than those our God shows us are for our good, something dies within us. We become separated from our Holy God. But the massage of Good Friday is that Jesus bridged that separation. He took the penalty of death that we justly deserve. In His atoning blood we have forgiveness and new life with our Heavenly Father. But even further, death could not hold Him. In His glorious resurrection He has overcome the power of death for all who come to Him. "As in Adam all die. So, also, in Christ shall all be made alive." (I Cor.15:22) Death is hard for all of us, but in Jesus Christ, we have the assurance that death is not the final word. We have eternal life in Him who loves us and gave Himself for us. (Eph.5:2)

Jesus Christ continues to appear to all who seek Him instilling confidence that, in Him, we will have abundant life forever . . . Come and see, Sunday at 10:30 AM.

Pastor Irvin Stapf