Day 392: The Beauty of the Empty Tomb

On Easter Morning, we celebrated together at the Garden Tomb with Nick and Angel and about 1000-1500 other believers from around the world. It’s hard to describe just how special that experience was.

As we viewed one of the likely spots where Jesus may have been buried and then risen on the third day, I marveled at the beauty and significance of the empty tomb!  For some reason, I had never thought through that before, but having the empty tomb with the words “He is not here, for He is risen” displayed just outside the tomb made me look at Christ’s resurrection in a totally new light.  What a mystery, a miracle…a gift.

The Garden Tomb and the beauty of "Empty"

The Garden Tomb and the beauty of “Empty”

And then the lyrics of Keith Green’s ‘The Victor’ rang through my head:  “It is finished, He has done it. Life conquered death. Jesus Christ has won it.”  The implications are quite amazing really and for some reason, the gravity of what was done on that cross 2000 years ago just really hit me.  It was overwhelming in a beautiful way.

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 ESV

Thank you, Nick and Angel, for such a wonderful visit!

We’re thrilled we had an opportunity to share this experience with you all before you left Israel!

After the Easter service, we headed to the Western Wall, otherwise known as the Wailing Wall, but more on that later.

Old Town Jerusalem – Photo courtesy of Nick

 

2 Comments on “Day 392: The Beauty of the Empty Tomb

  1. Sweet memories. We’ll start looking for a place in Chicago to get Maklube and have you over to our new house sometime!

    • We’re looking forward to that, Nick..and can’t wait to have your family in to our home as well! I still can’t believe you guys will be in IL when we get there. We’re all so excited about that.

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