The Greatest Symbol of love I ever found is an empty tomb.
I have spent my life searching for love and where-ever I have looked, whether in my house, work place, family, friends, I have never found a more powerful symbol than Jesus’s empty tomb.
Jesus’s empty tomb is the most profound, most powerful show of love I have ever found.
Many people have written that the cross at calvary is the greatest symbol of love expressed by Jesus.
While I believe, the cross of Jesus was an expression of love, I don’t believe it is the greatest show of love.
To me, the cross was just the semi-circle. The full circle happened three days later.
That Sunday morning when Magdalene and the others run, bated breath, panting to the grave just to check and see if their master had indeed kept the promises he had made to them.
We all know how some people will make promises they never intend to keep. Now I imagine Magdalene and the others though: Sprinting to the place of the tomb, spices in tow like people excitedly waiting for their love to show up.
I can just picture the whole episode of them getting to the burial grounds and finding an empty tomb.
And how in that moment, they must have felt.
Maybe afraid, empty, disappointed, betrayed?
Elated, excited, joy filled.
I think they felt joy instead of pain.
Yes, the tomb was empty, yes the body of Jesus was nowhere in sight and yet the emptiness of the tomb meant he had kept his promise to them just like he had said he would.
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; 34 and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”
By an empty tomb, Jesus Christ showed himself to be true. A man of honor and integrity. A man of his word.
He had risen again after 3 days just like he said he would. The savior risen. Oh I can just picture the scene in my mind. Magdalene and Mary’s joy at the news from the angels.
Without Jesus resurrecting and being alive, I have no idea where we would all be today. The greatest evidence for my beliefs is the resurrection.
Indeed the resurrection is power personified.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
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