Tomb Not Kept

Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Luke 24:5
Jesus died that afternoon there on the hill called Calvary and the sun begin to fall beneath the horizon. Jewish law said that a body could not hang exposed overnight; Roman law said that a kinsman could claim it; otherwise it would remain until the birds devoured it or someone threw it in the dump. Those who loved him had no place in Jerusalem to place the body of Jesus. So darkness began to claim it. Joseph of Arimathea came to Pilate and asked for the body, then he and the once bashful, secret follower Nicodemus took the body of Christ down and place it in the tomb Joseph had prepared for himself. These two men shy and cowardly in life, both members of the Sanhedrin, now did what Jesus had said would be done. “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to me.” They were drawn without fear to care for the fallen body of Jesus. Rome made the tomb secure with the seal of government and guards stood watch over it so that no thief could rob the grave. But then came Sunday and when the light of the Eastern sky begin to remove the darkness those who loved him came on that first day of the week that they might complete the ritual of burial of their beloved Jesus. He was not in that tomb His use of the cave had been short lived and not even the royal guards nor the seal of the Empire could hold back the opening of the tomb. Jesus was Alive and Jesus is Alive. Joseph has his tomb returned for it was not kept. And we have a Living, Risen Lord.

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Published in: on April 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

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