The Empty Tomb: A Place of Remembering

In Luke 24:1–11, Luke relates the resurrection of Jesus. At the heart of this scene is the contrast between confusion and clarity.

The women go to the tomb with spices to care for the body of Jesus. Upon finding the tomb open and empty, they stand there confused about what they see. When they leave the tomb, however, they have clarity. They run to the disciples, proclaiming the resurrection. What accounts for this reversal?

The words of Jesus. In the center of the narrative, between the coming and the going of the women, stand angels. Angels are messengers, and these angels bear the message of the words of Jesus.

Luke reveals to us how the words of Jesus bring clarity to the meaning of His Passion and inspire God’s people for witness to the world.

The apostle Paul often speaks of the Gospel as the mystery of salvation (Romans 16:25 and Ephesians 3:9). On that first Easter morning, Luke reveals how that which was hidden for ages was made manifest to the world. Christ not only opened the grave, but He also opened the Scriptures, opened His teachings, and opened the mouths of His disciples that they might bear witness to the clarity of salvation from sin by the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ.

This weekend, as we remember Easter, we also remember the words of Jesus, the words of the Scriptures, and the words of all who have borne witness to this work of God for us. By remembering God’s words, we, too, become witnesses of God’s saving work in the world.

God Bless,

Pastor Joel