God has a lot of ways He uses as examples to point us back to the same place… Jesus. One of those ways is the Easter celebration. Ever wonder why this became such a hit and then became a tradition? The doubters of the world should really think hard about this. Billions of people can’t possibly get this wrong. Something huge happened after Jesus’ death and burial that such event was cemented in those who witnessed that the story passed on for generation after generation. Can you imagine the whisperings and the hustle and bustle that went on when everyone heard the news that Jesus, the innocent man that was murdered only three days ago, buried, with a huge stone to block the tomb all of a sudden disappeared? I would certainly be in a daze, just putting myself in the position of one of those who heard that news.
When a big event happens, it is usually remembered for quite sometime but not as much time as the empty tomb of Jesus after His death. That is how powerful God is, He did not and will not allow us to forget that. The same is true with the bible stories. Sure, doubters will tell you that they are just stories by human beings. This is true but how else can God manifest His greatness? Have you ever really meditated on the bible stories that you’ve read? What method could He have used to make us believe more than we already do? Remember, God doesn’t force us to love Him, He loves those who love Him on their own accord. So let’s get past that.
There is a parallel between the empty tomb and our empty vessels (skeletal remains) when we die. The empty tomb contained God, a God whose body cannot decompose and leave a skeleton behind because He is God, everything must stay intact. It is what sets Him apart from us humans. Jesus’ survival on earth can be likened to our earthly bodies. At the time of earthly death, our souls detach from our bodies and only has one of two destination, heaven or hell. That’s because while alive, we were given a choice whether to be in God’s Will or satan’s will. Nothing in between.
Easter is plainly and simply a yearly reminder for us to make that decision, heaven or hell. The example that has been given to us, the same story that has been passed down from the time of Jesus’ resurrection hasn’t changed. Eternal life or eternal damnation. Manifested in the flesh through Jesus, the same God that was whipped and murdered, suffered such unbelievable pain as a sacrificial lamb just for our salvation. I know you’re probably saying, “Well, why would a God do that for me?” My answer is, EXACTLY! You and I don’t deserve it but just because we don’t understand the intensity of God’s love for us, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
I hope you all think about how you would leave your empty tomb, your skeletal remains, after you die. Where will your soul go? I suggest you give it to God, NOW, while you are alive.