By Pastor Dennis Morales
“But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.…”Luke 24:2
A man and his five-year old son were driving past a cemetery and noticed a large pile of dirt next to a freshly dug grave when the little boy said, “Look, Dad, one got out!” Every Easter, we come to celebrate the central aspect of Christianity. The foundation of the Christians faith is the empty tomb. The truth is that the grave could not hold Him. The stone was rolled away not to let Jesus out, but to let all those in the garden tomb in to be witness that Jesus had risen. In 1901 Abraham Lincoln’s casket was opened because it was feared that his body was not there. Christ’s tomb was opened to prove He is not there. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die (physically), he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11) Because Christ died and rose, we can have the hope of heaven. Our bodies will cease to function one day, but there is life beyond the grave (1 Corinthians 15:54–55). Christ’s resurrection guarantees that all of His followers will be resurrected as well. Because Jesus rose, we too will rise. He promised, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19). If you have put your faith in the risen Lord, then you will live again. You no longer need to fear death. Because He came back in a resurrected body, He has given us the assurance that God will give each of us a glorified body one day. Next time you drive past a cemetery, think of the One Whom the grave could not hold.
Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets Sundays at 8:30am and 10:30am, Wednesdays at 7:30pm at Clara Barton Elementary 7437 Corona Valley Ave, Eastvale. http://www.CalvaryEastvale.org.