Then Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.'” – John 11:25

I am reminded of the story of a boy with Down Syndrome who was slightly looked down upon by his Sunday School classmates.  The Sunday before Easter, their teacher gave them all empty Leggs eggs and had the class search the church grounds for something that would represent Jesus’ resurrection.

When they came back together, they all admired the trinkets that were brought back, such as a leaf, a butterfly, a flower, etc.  When it came time for this little boy to open his egg, it was still empty.  Another boy shouted, “No fair!  He didn’t do it!”  The one with the empty egg answered, “Yes I did.  It’s empty, just like Jesus’ tomb – empty!”

From that day on, no one looked down on that special little boy.

Jesus was on His way to Bethany to mourn Lazarus’ death.  Martha came to meet Jesus before He arrived, lamenting that if Jesus had only been there earlier, then Lazarus would not have died.  Jesus answered that Lazarus would live, to which Martha answered that she knew Lazarus would come back to life on the resurrection day.  Jesus then stated that He is the resurrection and the life.  A few minutes later, Jesus performed His third resurrection on earth (Luke 7:11-15, 8:49-55).

It is interesting to note that Jesus used the present tense “am” instead of the future tense “will be.”  While we have the hope that one day we will bodily rise again, Jesus teaches that we already have new life evidenced by His empty tomb.  The empty tomb brings us such joy, comfort and hope that we can not only look forward to in the future, but we can claim that joy, comfort and hope right now.

Let us rejoice in the power and presence of the empty tomb, both for now and for the future!


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