THE EMPTYTOMB

Hi all! In the next few days we will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection day. Honestly, toward to the Passover day sometimes I feel a bit sad and emotional because I still heard question like, “Is it true that Jesus has risen?” It could be normal if the question comes out from the unbelievers, but I really don’t understand when that question came out from people who have lived in Christ. It’s a very sad and weird reality! However, it’s okay! I’m trying to understand and accept this reality. I know that Jesus’ resurrection story has been a debate and causing the occurrence of pros and cons. Not only today, people who lived in Jesus’ time also didn’t believe or doubt; even worse some Jesus’ disciples also too (Matthew 28: 16-17)

Therefore, I’m longing to write about the facts of Jesus ‘resurrection. This post just a reminder that Jesus has really risen! I’m interested to choose Jesus’ tomb as a topic of this post. In my opinion the empty tomb was a starting point of the entire Jesus’ resurrection story. All things that happened in the tomb and the existence of tomb itself became a controversial story throughout the human life history and will goes on. Many people scientifically strongly objected to all things that happened in the tomb. They claim that it was only a legend or myth development created by Jesus’ disciples and followers. Some other argued it just an apologetics device rather than a historical fact that can be accounted for. The extreme opinion was said that Jesus actually never arose but His disciples stole Jesus’ body. Now, let’s take a look in detail what happened at the Jesus’ tomb.

The Angel of the Lord

The moment of Jesus’ resurrection begins with an amazing event. Along with a violent earthquake, The Lord’s angels with white clothes like a snow and appeared like a lightning came down from the Heaven, then rolled a multi-tons stone back at the entrance of the tomb then sat on it. (Matthew 28: 1-4) Oh, I imagine how wonderful the moment was. The angel sat on the stone was showing the magnificent of Jesus’ resurrection power and symbolized a glorious triumph over the death and sepulcher! Then the angel said to Mary Magdalene and other Mary who at the dawn went to look at the tomb,

“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. “He is not here, He has risen, just as he said… (Matthew 28:5)

I took time for a while pondering this word then I tried to put myself as Mary Magdalene. When I heard the word, “He has risen, just as He said…” I am very sure the Angel not trying to delude me and there’s no more reason for me to not believe the angel’s words. The angel’s remarks has been totally become a very strong proof that Jesus has risen. The Angel wasn’t made up a fish story! Angels are the God’s messengers! They never lie! At the time, the angel was telling a thing that Jesus had said before (Just as he said…) but to convincing both of the women, the angle asked them to get into the tomb and showed where Jesus lay. The Angel said, Come and see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:6) A statement will be more credible if accompanied with authentic proof and at the time the angel gave an authentic, undeniable, and undoubted proof. The both of women didn’t see Jesus’ body. They simply found the neat grave clothes! After that the Angel told to the women tell to the Jesus’ disciples Jesus has risen from the dead and will see Jesus in Galilee (Matthew 28:7)

Women witnesses

My beloved readers, there was interesting thing in Jesus’ resurrection story and it becomes another absolute proof of Jesus’ resurrection. Titus Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian, says that women weren’t even permitted to serve as witnesses in a Jewish court of law. But at the time, the fact was, the women, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary was mentioned and included as the first and main witnesses. I quote a comment of William Lane Craig about this matter; the discovery of the tomb by women is highly probable… Why women and not the male disciples were made discoverers of the empty tomb is that women were in fact the one who made this discovery. If I may conclude, the women, regardless of their status in Jewish society, were a part of grand design of Jesus’ resurrection story. The women had been plotted like that way. So if there’s an objection about women as witnesses, it doesn’t matter! Who cares! Jesus’ resurrection wasn’t a case in the court of law but a part of fulfillment of God’s promise. The happened fact the women found the empty tomb, they tell men (the disciples), the men made verification, and then they spread the word. It means the truth of the women’s testimony can be accounted for. So once again I think the idea of Jesus’ resurrection was only a legend created by Jesus’ followers is a very unreasonable idea. An event that involving trusted witnesses (though women) and someone else trust it cannot be called as legend or hoax!

The unknown tomb

Now let’s look to the tomb itself. There were so many disclosed theories to break the fact and truths of Jesus’ resurrection. There was a theory said that the Jesus’ tomb site was unknown. Well you know this theory made me take a deep breath and felt really confused. The Jesus’ tomb was unknown? I think this’s (I’m sorry to say) the dumbest theory ever revealed. I’ve no idea at all why they can make this stupid theory. I think the theorists had forgotten three important fact that written in the Bible. First, the brand new, hewn out of solid rock tomb was owned by the rich man from Arimathea named Joseph a member of supreme council of the Jewish (Sanhedrin) who asked Pilate to take Jesus’ body for burial (Matthew 27: 57-60) the second thing, at the time, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary also were there (Matthew 27:61) And later after three days, those women went back to the same and exact location, as did the disciples who ran to see it by themselves when hearing from the women that the tomb was empty. The third, because of the concern that Jesus’ body will be stolen by Jesus’ disciples, then the leaders of the Jewish priest took extra precautions (Matthew 27:65). They ensured that Jesus’ tomb was guarded by groups of highly trained Roman soldiers with very strict rules. So I think those who made this theory weren’t smart enough made a theory! Joseph of Arimathea, Mary Magdalene and other Mary, the Roman soldiers, they all knew where the exact location of Jesus’ tomb! I’ve personal opinion about the tomb. Though until now still a debate about the precise location of the tomb, it doesn’t matter! For me personally, the reason why Jesus dead, it does matter!

The broken seal

Beside guarded by highly trained soldiers, Jesus’ tombs was also sealed with Roman seal. A seal represented the power and authority of the Roman Empire. Break the seal means dead! And the ruthlessness of Roman soldiers was well-known and feared so there was no one dares to break the tomb that automatically break the seal, and steal Jesus ‘body even by Jesus’ disciples! Actually, Jesus’ crucifixion made the disciples confused, afraid, and most of them were hiding. Even Peter, who swore he willing to die for Jesus, denied Jesus three times before the crucifixion!

The unusual stone position

There was unusual thing in the tomb. When the women and other people were approaching the tomb in the morning they found the unusual position of the rolled stone. To explain the stone position, Mark, in his gospel mentioned “Anakulio” from the root “Kulio” which mean “roll” So “Anakulio” (with preposition “Ana” means “to roll up a slope or an incline” I imagine something about this stone. It’s not too difficult a small number of men put the stone weighing one to two tons in place because typically the place in front of the tomb was sloped down. But isn’t so easy for a few men to roll the stone uphill to the slope. The unusual position of the rolled stone was another proof that Jesus’ body wasn’t stolen even by the disciples. It was so impossible for a few men roll the stone away secretly without being noticed by the Roman soldiers. Moreover, the tomb was guarded all the time. Periodically the guard would be exchanged.

The grave clothes

My beloved friends, actually the tomb wasn’t completely empty. Jesus was gone, but His grave clothes still there and became a silent witness and showed a supernatural nature of His resurrection. John in his gospel carefully explained the fact that the Jesus’ grave clothes were still in place. (John 20: 1-7) the grave clothes lay there as if Jesus’ body lifted out of the grave clothes. When buried, Jesus’ body was wrapped in linen cloth with aromatic spices mixed with a gummy substance called “myrrh” The myrrh will strongly adhered to Jesus’ body. Logically, let say the Jesus’ body was stolen; the thieves will work as fast as they can and take the Jesus’ body along with the grave clothes. It was so impossible and a ridiculous act the thieves take some time to separate the grave clothes and the body then again laid it out neatly.

My dear readers, after we’re reminded again by six important facts in the Jesus’ tomb that I submit in this post, I hope and pray there’s no more doubt in our heart and mind about the facts of Jesus’ resurrection and stop wasting our time and energy to think unneeded thing about Jesus’ resurrection. All theological facts have been completely written in the Bible even written by four apostles. Trustable and credible historical facts also have been found. Now is just a matter of our faith! Jesus’ resurrection among the dead is a foundation of Christian faith. It’s written in 1 Corinthians 15:14,

and if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

The resurrection of Christ made the apostles’ faith drastically growing so they were daring to proclaim the God’s word and they were willing to be martyr. Jesus’ resurrection was becoming a revival of their faith. I also earnestly pray what has happened to Jesus’ disciples at the time also happens to us. Maybe we don’t have to be martyr but we’re experiencing a resurrection of faith. Our faith becomes stronger in waiting for the next fulfillment of God’s prophecies and promises, and by faith keeps watch until His second coming.

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” (Matthew 24:42)

And by the firm faith we’ve great longing to spread the truth of God’s word to all people especially to unbelievers so they repent, believe, be saved, and they become disciples of God, as Jesus commanded to us,

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

Happy resurrection day from me, my husband Kevin, and Andrew! God Bless!

Karina – Living by faith

Special thanks to Sister Sella Irene for the great suggestions

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64 thoughts on “THE EMPTYTOMB

  1. Hi Katrina:
    That was an excellent exegesis of The Empty Tomb! Jesus is the only person living ever who said He would return from the dead, & did so. No one else in history could make this claim.. i.e. Confucius, Buddha, Muhammed, etc. This proved the divinity of Jesus Christ.

    Jesus first revealed this too his disciples in Mt16:20,21: ‘Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day’. Not only did they not understand Jesus, but also they did not believe Him! Later Jesus said to doubting Thomas ‘.. because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed’ Jn20:29.

    Time is short! Repent and believe that Jesus is the Christ in order to be saved!

    God bless you and yours!
    Uncle Wyman in Hawaii

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    • Aloha oe, uncle. How are you?
      Thank you very much for your lovely comment. Thank you for another related bible verses. Yes! Time is so short and we’re waiting for the second coming! Mahalo nui loa, uncle 🙂 God Bless.

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  2. I wholeheartedly agree (with tears) that it is incredibly sad that a professing believer would question the resurrection. We wonder how such a thing could be! I can think of some reasons. This might be a young believer who, although he/she came to Christ with a repentant heart for forgiveness of sin, haa not fully comprehended the resurrection. Time spent in the word will cast away any doubts as the indwelling Holy Spirit drives home the reality of the resurrection. We can be part of that if we are involved in helping that young one grow. Perhaps another ‘professing’ believer has cast doubt. If we are able, we can always ask why this young believer questions the resurrection, and if this is the case, we can point to 1Cor 15. It could be that this person came to Christ for his/her ‘best life now’, whatever that looks like. Then we have an evangelistic opportunity to share the true gospel!

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    • Dear, Dan C
      First of all, thank you very much for taking time to visit and read my post. I totally agree with your opinion. Question and doubts about the resurrection came out from the young intellectual who mostly thinks with their logical. They aren’t understood, especially about the meaning of resurrection, and Christology in the whole. That’s why I longs to write a small part of fact of the Jesus’ resurrection with the hope this post could give a bit comprehension and could discuss together. At the time as you said, we can be a part and involved helping them experiencing spiritual and faith growth and eventually, again, as you said, the opportunity of evangelism will be happens. Thank you very much for the needed thought to ponder. It will become my personal reflection. Thank you and God Bless.

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  3. Awesome post Karina! Not only are your arguments clear and logical, but your heart for the Gospel shines in your writing (as always)! Of course we need to study the Bible and apologetics to back up our faith, but the core of the matter is really that…faith. Praying for the eyes of the blind to be opened this Easter!
    Xoxo

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  4. Thank for the post Karina. Resurrection of the Savior forms the very basis of Christianity and the Christian . And your post only reconfirms with genuine arguments the true event which happened 2000 years back . Happy Easter

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    • Dear, Jay.
      You’re very welcome..:) Thank you so much for visiting my blog and reading my post. Also thank you very much for the lovely comment. Happy Passover. God Bless.

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  6. Always found it interesting that first witnesses to the resurrection were women. In their culture they had no capacity to give testimony in court. Why would the disciples use such witnesses if they were trying to pull the big deception?
    Good teaching post Sister.

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  8. This post is absolutely outstanding, Karina! What a wonderful “defense” of the faith you make here! So many need to read and absorb this. Thank you for your faithful and thorough explanation of the resurrection of Christ! ❤ ❤

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  9. beautiful post! It doesn’t matter how many times I read the account of Mary Magdalene visiting the tomb and seeing Jesus, and “supposing him to be the Gardener” I still can’t read it out loud through tears. I receive a witness each time that Jesus is Risen! You’ve done a great job of presenting a logical argument for his Resurrection, but what it comes down to is each person must receive a spiritual witness for himself or herself.
    Thanks for visiting me!
    ———-
    Gail Park
    Making Life an Art

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  10. Well done, Karina! I loved your account of the empty tomb and your pointing out that it was the women who discovered the tomb empty. God makes it clear throughout the Bible how much He loves the women and intends for them to be loved and honored.

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    • Dear, Ward Pimley
      Thank you very much for taking time to read my blog post also I thank you for your lovely response. Yes God loves women 🙂 There are many great women mentioned in the Bible as a great figure. Thank you and God Bless.

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  11. I hope you and the family are well, Karina. You are missed when you do not get the chance to write. Naturally, life with a business, a marriage, a young child, and aging parents can be hectic. Wishing you all God’s best. ❤

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    • Dear, sister Anna…
      Thank you very much for keep in touch with me also thank you for your attention 🙂 Talk about writing a blog post, actually I have arrange my time to write once a month. To be honest, I want write more but I have many things to handle and become my responsibility 🙂 Sister, thank you very much for your prayer. You’re one of my lovely blog friend and sister in Christ. I hope and pray for you too. May God bless your life abundantly and everything is going well. Amen

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  12. Hi, Karina!
    I’m so happy to see this post! Partly because you wrote it, but mostly because it’s so important to our faith. And, as you rightly point out, to us as women! What could be more uplifting than knowing women were the first witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. It even strikes me as funny–that God would arrange things so that the least trusted (shepherds at his birth, and women at his resurrection) would be star players in these key moments in time.

    Praying that all is well with you, especially in light of your daily responsibilities and relationships. Thanks for coming to visit my site so often. I’m truly grateful.

    Elouise

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    • Hello sister Elouise
      Thank you very much for your wonderful and uplifting comment on my post.. women are choosen people and I do believe God has wonderful plan for women to play important role in this world 😉 Sister, I really love reading and your post is the one of my favorite reads.. once again thank you very much. Have a wonderful Sunday. God Bless.

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  13. Preach it, Karina! 🙂 I love that you wrote, “All theological facts have been completely written in the Bible even written by four apostles.” So many times people look at outside sources and opinions, and neglect the truth in Scripture– truth that can be proven historically, as you mentioned, and also upheld through faith. I like that you connected the gospels with Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians 15. Without the resurrection, there is no salvation. Thank you for sharing and defending this truth.

    I hope you are doing well, my friend 🙂

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    • hello Lauren !!
      I am so glad you put comment on my post 🙂 It;s been long time we aren’t keep in touch. How are you,Lauren? How’s your new house? Is everything running well? Keep hope and pray for you. I am good and next week I will go to Paris for around two months to meet my parents. Thank you very much for your lovely comment, my dear friend. God Bless 🙂

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  14. Amen-Amein!! Praise Christ ( Messiah ) Jesus-Yeshua, HE is KING of kings and LORD ( ADONAI ) of lords, HE is the ALPHA and OMEGA, HE is the BEGINNING and the END!! Glory Glory Hallelujah and Maranatha!!

    Praise Christ ( Messiah ) Jesus-Yeshua as HE is RISEN and ALIVE at the RIGHT HAND side of our ONE TRUE GOD THE FATHER who art in Heaven Above!!

    Our ONE True GOD’S LOVE 💕💜 is ETERNAL THROUGH HIS SON Jesus-Yeshua for Today and Everyday Forevermore Everyone!!

    I Love you all Everyone through Christ Jesus-Yeshua, because HE LOVED 💜💕 EVERYONE FIRST!!

    Love 💕 Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  15. I am going through a phase where I am reading about discrepancies in the Bible. One of them is the Resurrection of Jesus between the Gospels. They never address the following. All agreed Jesus died and was hungry on a cross, buried and no one states Jesus was in the tomb
    To me the rest is. Noise. It’s using the following logic. There could not have been a murder because the witnesses don’t agree on how many shots were fired, where the witness died or got shot, or what time of day, but the man lay dead in the morgue.

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    • Hello there…
      Thank you very much for your wonderful response of my post. Your response was so great and believe me, it will be my personal contemplation related with Jesus’ Resurrection. Once again thank you very much for your response. God Bless.

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