By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
The Roman Seal of Authority was placed upon the Garden Tomb. In the 1st century, the brutal Roman Empire was far superior to all other military powers. They could call the shots and do just about anything that was desired. Guarding a small tomb would be like a weekend picnic to these elite soldiers. The Roman Seal would symbolize the priority of the mission that was backed by the might of the empire. If a soldier fell asleep on the job it would cost him his life. Twelve common disciples were no match for these alert, powerful guards. No one was capable except for the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. In a marvelous victory, Jesus rose from the dead and turned the world upside down.
The Easter story can be found in Luke 24: 1-3: “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.” Not only is this an essential conviction of the faith, it also highlights Christianity’s most powerful piece of evidence. In 2017, the Garden Tomb is still empty and the body of Jesus is yet to be found. The eager Sanhedrin members could have easily wheeled out the corpse and ended Christianity in a moment. The Roman Military could have effortlessly secured the tomb for 3 days if Jesus was just a man. Instead of these outcomes, the empty tomb tells the story that he is risen!
This wonderful time of year we can celebrate the meaning of the resurrection. Our Lord keeps his promises, his word is true, and he can accomplish the impossible. We serve the living God who can hear and answer our prayers. The Easter season reminds us that we can have everlasting life and will not fade away in this temporary world. We can see our loved ones again in an enormous family reunion in Heaven. Also, the power of the resurrection can raise us from an old life of sin into a new man or woman of hope. God doesn’t just want us to believe in the resurrection but to be changed by it. We can all experience it today by faith in the Lord Jesus.
Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected]