They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'” Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:2-7
The big picture message of this passage is fairly obvious and is cause for celebration: the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty. We rejoice that the stone was rolled away and there was an empty tomb. It’s the beginning of a wonderful story.
But nestled away in this passage is tiny verse eight: “Then they remembered his words.” Why is this important? It’s a vivid reminder that the Holy Spirit will “quicken” the Word of God in our lives if we let Him. The angels at the tomb told the story and the Holy Spirit reminded them of when Jesus Himself had mention the same thing. It’s probably their biggest “aha!” moment up to this point.
As you consider the implications of the empty tomb, take a moment to ask God to remind you often about the implications of this event. Perhaps you’ll remember it when you see the world around you in total chaos. Perhaps He’ll remind you of the empty tomb when you’ve given up hope of finding a job or spouse. At the very least, the empty tomb should remind us that there is much more to life than what we see.