THE EMPTY TOMB

Mark 16:1-6
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
 
And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.

And they said among themselves, "Who shall roll away the stone from the door of the sepulcher?"

And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 

And he saith unto them, "Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here; behold the place where they laid him."

This is the first written account of the resurrection of Jesus. The gospels are not set in the New Testament in the order they were written. This also true of the Old Testament. The book of Job was one of the first writings of the Old Testament, yet it is placed right before the book of Psalms which was placed near the center of the Bible. Mark was the first written gospel account. Therefore, it is the first written account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The  resurrection is the most important event in human history. The virgin birth of Jesus ranks right up there beside it. When the gospels were written, only two of the gospel accounts describe the birth of Jesus. All four gospels describe in depth the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

The last week of Jesus' life, which we call Holy Week or Passion Week, makes up about one third of the gospels. This gives us an understanding of the importance of the resurrection. If there was no resurrection of Jesus, Christians would have no hope. Without the repeated testimony of the resurrection of Jesus by first hand witnesses there would be no jury hearing this evidence who would not declare it to be the truth.

A book was written about 50 years ago by a lawyer named Josh McDowell. The titile of the book was, "The Evidence Demands a Verdict." His final statement was, "All the evidence both factual and circumstantial would demand that a jury rule that the resurrection of Jesus happened."

Today we declare, "He is risen!"

By ​Glen Sage, Interim Pastor


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