Mark 16:1-8 1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large.5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Are you looking for Jesus? Does it seem to be a lost cause; a search that will never produce any results? Maybe you’re looking in the wrong place. Jesus isn’t in the tomb. He is risen.
Sometimes we have a tendency to make up our own theology, our own doctrine that we think fits our beliefs better than what the Bible actually says. We make up traits for Jesus that were never true of Him. We create our own false Jesus. But the power of the gospel to save lies in the truth of who Jesus Christ really is and what He really did.
It’s hard to swallow, the fact that God came down to earth in the form of a human man and that He lived a perfect life. It’s harder still to believe that He would sacrifice His own life in place of ours so that we can be reconciled to God. Hardest of all to grasp is the idea that He rose again from the dead. That He lives even still today, reigning over all things. But that’s our hope. Without it we have nothing.
The hope you and I have that we can one day be with God through resurrection is the fact that Jesus was resurrected from the dead. If our Savior is dead, then we’re doomed. But if our Savior lives, then we too can live on forever. Since He DOES live, we have hope that we can cling to. Jesus’ resurrection is a truth that changes everything.