Day 214: Our Worst Enemy is Defeated!

Luke 24:1-3

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They entered in, and didn’t find the Lord Jesus’ body.

One of the most important things about Jesus’ life is that He left His tomb empty. Christianity isn’t Christianity without an empty tomb. Even today, some are attempting to create a “Christianity” without the resurrection. Others are trying to say that Jesus was just another good religious teacher but the simple fact remains that without faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there would be no Christianity at all.

It was this historic fact and the power of the Holy Spirit that gave rise to the immediate, grass-roots spread of information that became known as “The Gospel,” which means “Good News.” A man that was publically killed, left His own tomb. This changes everything. Buddha and Muhammad didn’t leave their tombs. Death, as ignored as it is by mankind, is humanity’s worst enemy. When a child is born, there is is a 100% chance that he will die someday. In other words, being born is fatal. Man’s worst enemy is his tomb.

The people who came to see Jesus still didn’t understand the ramifications of this empty tomb. They thought that Jesus body had been moved or taken at first. They were about to find out that Jesus left the tomb alive and it was going to completely change the the rest of their lives and the rest of history.

Science: Death isn’t just humanity’s enemy. It is the enemy of this universe. Scientists know, based on the laws of thermodynamics, that our universe will one day die as well if it’s tendency to wind down isn’t reversed. It is headed for death, and, if allowed to continue in the way it is going today, would eventually expend all useful energy leaving everything lifeless and cold. The Bible tells us that mankind brought the irreversibility of death upon the universe by disobeying God. That’s why we have pain and death in this world. Jesus brought hope by leaving His tomb, saving mankind from his worst enemy.