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The evidence of the empty tomb

Mark 16:1-8

Pastor David Ernst

Easter Sunday
Epiphany Lutheran Mission of La Caramuca  
Barinas, Venezuela

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Sun, Apr 16, 2017 

Hallelujah! Christ is risen!

Many times when we speak of faith, we speak of trust in someone with a minimum of evidence in hand. When we pay a person to do work for us in the future just by his word, we have faith in this person. We believe that this person will keep his word, usually because of his behavior in the past. He had always told the truth and always kept his word, so we trust him.

In this same way, we trust in the promises of God. Even the most honest men sometimes fail to keep their word, but the Lord never fails in this. But, we do not trust God's promises without any evidence. We have a good testimony to the truth of the deeds of God, above all the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In this dark world, we have our moments of clarity, like Peter, John and James on the Mount of Transfiguration where the face of Jesus shone like the sun. But at other times, we walk in the depths of darkness, like these same disciples on Good Friday. When Christ died, was crucified and buried, where was the evidence of His divinity? However, in the resurrection Jesus showed His victory on the cross. For the Jews, the Sabbath was Saturday, the seventh day, because in the account of creation in the book of Genesis, God created heaven and earth in six days and on the seventh day, He rested and enjoyed His work. For the church, the Sabbath is Sunday, the first day of the week, because on the first Sunday of Easter the new creation began with the resurrection of Christ.

"When the Sabbath passed, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought aromatic spices to go and anoint him. And very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, and the sun had risen. "For the Jews, one day began with the setting of the sun, not with its rising, so the sunrise in this verse occurred on the third day after Jesus' death. We read in John 19:31, "For the Jews, because it was the eve of the Passover, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath, because it was the great Sabbath day, they begged Pilate to break their legs and they were taken away. " Furthermore, in John 19: 39-42," And Nicodemus came also, who had come to Jesus by night, bringing a compound of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. So they took the body of Jesus, and wrapped it in linen cloths, as is the custom of the Jews at burial.  And in that place where he had been crucified, there was a garden; And in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had been laid. There, because of the eve of the Passover of the Jews, because that sepulcher was near, they laid Jesus. "

The Sabbath, on the Sabbath, was over, and women worried about the rapid preparation of Jesus' body went to the tomb with more spices. "And they said among themselves, Who shall move the stone at the door of the sepulcher? And as they looked, they see the stone removed; and it was very large. And they entered the sepulcher, and beheld a young man sitting on the right side, covered with long white linen; And they were astonished. But he said to them, Be not afraid; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified; He is not here; Behold the place where they set him. "

The tomb was sealed with a large rock and they also put a Roman guard in front of the tomb, because the authorities anticipated the theft of the body by the disciples. However, when the women came to the grave, the rock had been removed and the guard had fled. The possibility of the robbery was eliminated, but the tomb was empty. The only explanation was this: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

The three women were the first people to see the empty tomb, but soon everyone had seen it. As the two disciples said to the "stranger" on the way to Emmaus (Luke 13: 13-24): "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have you not known the things that have happened in these days? Some of our women have frightened us. They came to the tomb before the day. But when they did not find his body, they came and said that they had seen a vision of angels, and they said that he lives. "

The hope of the early Christians were based on the evidence of the empty tomb, and the appearance of the risen Christ to many witnesses in the 40 days before His ascension. Later the church had the written testimony of the apostles to whom Christ appeared. Today we have the same testimony, the New Testament books that have shown their power to change the hearts of unbelievers. Now Christ has ascended into heaven to be seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty, but we must trust in His Word because of the evidence that God has given us.

Archaeologists have discovered a tomb under the place where Christ was buried, according to tradition. The tomb looks authentic, but there are no remains of anyone inside. There is still no other explanation for the empty tomb, but the resurrection of our Lord. That is why we have the promise of eternal life and peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.

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