Faces Surrounding Calvary: The Empty Tomb

There have always been doubters about the empty tomb. However some try to explain the empty tomb, the truth of the matter is that Jesus rose from the dead. On the first day of the week, the women came to Jesus’ tomb. Arriving at the tomb, they found that the stone had been rolled away and an angel sitting on the stone. He spoke to them saying, “Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 28:5-6). His body had not been stolen, He was risen.

As the ladies went on their way, Jesus appeared to them. They told the disciples of the empty tomb, and the disciples went to see. They came away believing in a risen Savior. That very day, two other disciples were walking the road to Emmaus, a small village seven miles from Jerusalem. Also on that day, He appeared to Peter, then later to the eleven disciples (less Thomas) as they were gathered together in one place. On a later occasion, Jesus showed Himself to the disciples at the Sea of Galilee, and sat with them that morning to eat breakfast.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:5-8 that Jesus was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. He was also seen by over five hundred brethren at once. After that, He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then, last of all He was seen by Paul. All these men and women confirm for us that our preaching and faith are not empty, but rather, the tomb where Jesus lay is!

Kyle Campbell

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