With the approach of Easter next Sunday, I’m thinking more and more about the significance of the empty tomb. As Paul said in 1 Cor. 15, if Jesus was not raised from the dead then those of us who are Christ followers are to be pitied. If someone were to suddenly find the remains of Jesus in a garden tomb in the area, all of our faith would be in vain. The reality is though that even with many trying to explain away the resurrection, it still stands. For 2000+ years no one has be able to discredit the report of 500+ eyewitnesses who saw Jesus after the resurrection.
The big difference between Christians and others is that our faith is firmly placed in Jesus, the Bible and the evident works of God (creation, etc.) Their faith is in science or some “prophet” who make claims that can’t be substantiated. Even those who claim their faith is in science cannot prove, using scientific methods that their belief has legs to stand on. Science says that for something to be true, it must be observable and repeatable. So the difference boils down to where faith is based. Although the “nay-sayers” do not claim faith, the reality is that their belief is firmly based on faith.
I rest in the knowledge that my faith is in God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of life who has proved Himself over and over while theirs is in some esoteric idea that has no substantiation. As the old folks say, “the proof is in the pudding”. When the trumpet sounds and Jesus shows up just as He promised, I’ll have a big grin while they will be “weeping, wailing and gnashing their teeth.”