The Tomb Is Empty So You Don’t Have to Be
By Daniel Amstutz
Jesus spoke to the disciples of a time coming when the Spirit of God would not just be with us, but would be in us!
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” —John 14:16-17
Do you ever feel like you’re not really making a difference? Do you ever feel like you’re spending most of your time producing wood, hay and stubble or that your bucket has a hole in it?
The good news is, the gospel changed everything! God has always wanted to be among us, but it wasn’t until the resurrection of Jesus that He could be so close that He could live in us by His Holy Spirit, our bodies becoming His very temple.
Back in Exodus 25:8-9, God told Moses, “Let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them….”
He goes on to instruct him to make two cherubim or guardian angels of gold on both ends of the Mercy Seat, facing each other with their wings stretched out above it, creating a big open space on top of the Ark of the Covenant.
Then, he goes on to say in Exodus 25:22, “THERE, I will meet and speak with you!”
One day as I was meditating on that passage, what really hit me was the reality of the empty space.
Why the empty space? God spoke to my heart in that moment and told me, “Daniel, if you will give me your empty space, I will turn it into a holy place.” That moment changed my life!
God then took me to when Jesus had been crucified and buried. We pick up the story in John 20:11-12:
“But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.”
In an instant, I saw it! Just like the passage in Exodus, there were two angels guarding the empty space. The body of Jesus had been there, but it wasn’t there anymore.
The tomb was empty so we wouldn’t have to be!
Jesus was risen and had ascended to the Father so He could send the Spirit of God to come live inside of us! In history’s darkest hour, He turned our empty space into a holy place.
The body of Jesus was the seed to birth the BODY OF CHRIST! The church is alive and well on the earth today because of empty space being turned into a holy place.