One Purpose

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. Matthew 28:2-4

Nice touch, the angel was sitting on the stone! His work had been done. He rolled the stone, making no small noise in the process, and now he was resting in time for the guards to notice him. And did they ever. If he was there and the stone was away from the tomb, it meant that they would certainly meet death under normal circumstances for their dereliction of duty.

The stone had been rolled away for one purpose: to reveal an empty grave. Did he walk out of the opening or did he just vanish into thin air? I don’t think we know for sure. We do know, though, that his grave was empty and he wasn’t there. The tomb was open so the guards could see it, the ladies could see it, and later Peter and John could see it. The angel on the stone was a bit of humor to the occasion, though the guards certainly didn’t see it that way.

Today as you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the empty tomb is still as significant today as it was back then. It symbolizes the newness and freshness of life we can now live because of what Christ has done.

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