What Do You See When You Look in the Tomb?
According to the Travel Channel, the world's ten best famous graves to visit are the graves of:
- No. 10 - Lionel Lockyer
- No. 9 - John Ringo
- No. 8 - Emily Mather
- No. 7 - Karl Marx
- No. 6 - Bob Marley
- No. 5 - Charles Pigeon
- No. 4 - Jim Morrison
- No. 3 - Harry Houdini
- No. 2 - Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee
- No. 1 - Oscar Wilde1
Each of these graves is visited by thousands each year. They are visited because of who is buried in these graves. On the other hand, there is a grave near the old city wall of Jerusalem that was discovered and unearthed by General Christian Gordon in the late 1800's. It is cut out of solid rock, with a large weeping area, and a channel for a rolling stone. It measures 14 ft. wide, 10 ft. deep and 7 1/2 ft. high. This grave has been visited by untold millions, not because of who is in the grave, but because of who is not in the grave. I am speaking of the grave and tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A missionary in Northern India was preaching in a bazaar. When he finished a Muslim gentleman walked up to him and said, ''You must admit we have one thing you have not, and it is better than anything you have.'' The missionary said, ''I should be pleased to hear what it is.'' The Muslim said, ''You know when we go to Mecca we at least find a coffin. But when you Christians go to Jerusalem, which is your Mecca, you find nothing but an empty grave.''2
Let me say, hallelujah, we find nothing but an empty grave. We do not worship someone whose body is contained in a coffin or a tomb. We celebrate a Saviour who rose from the dead! Yes, Mohammed can be found in his coffin, but glory to God, the tomb of the Lord Jesus is empty! We do not worship a dead Saviour. We worship a living Saviour and Lord!
I love John's account of the resurrection of Jesus. We read in verse 1, ''The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark... ...
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