A God Who Rises
Behold the Empty Tomb
John 20:1–18 Jesus said (John 10:18): “No one takes my life from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.” So now He does exactly that. No other man possesses this authority or the ability to lay down His own life and then to take it back up on the third day. Jesus’ lungs drew breath anew; His heart resumed beating. His marrow produced all new red blood cells to flow in His veins again. His brain roared to life. His eyelids opened, and, once His now living hands wriggled free from the grave wrapping and removed the face cloth. His eyes saw once again. He got up, and He left His grave clothes behind. The stone that had been heavy with creation’s sadness at the death of her Creator was rolled away. And because of that, our bodies will rise, as His is risen. In Him, behold the man or woman you are now and will be fully when He raises your very flesh from the grave. Alleluia! Christ is risen!