Sometimes it is the absence of God which brings the greatest impact – the reality of the empty tomb, for example.
Even the most cynical, snarling, skeptical historians, philosophers, theologians and archeologists agree – a man named Jesus was crucified, buried in a tomb, and then was found absent. The tomb no longer inhabited the body. No one could find the body but hundreds of people professed to seeing this man alive again.
The empty tomb started a message which to this day continues to invite nonbelievers to the foot of the Cross.
That morning when the stone was rolled away…when the women came…when the Angel spoke…when the guards shook in fear…when the disciples ran to see…started it all. The emptiness gave life to believers.
I spoke with a friend a few days ago who is struggling with grief. My heart breaks for him because I know all too well what he is going through. The seasons when we just can’t seem to put one foot in front of the other and God seems very distant and far away. Our hearts feel empty – very much like the tomb. AHHHH…but there is a bigger picture. Bigger than Peter imagined when he sliced off the ear of the soldier. Bigger than Mary imagined when she pleaded with the “gardener” to tell her where the body was. Bigger than the guards, the stone, the Cross.
During those times when we feel only His absence, we need to remember how important that empty tomb was to you and to me.
God does not leave us. While He may appear to be gone, He is very present.
Whatever you are facing today, know He is with you, orchestrating an answer, guiding you to the best resolution.
John 20:17-18, “ Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.”